The Blaine Amendment

Steven K. Green

in The Bible, the School, and the Constitution

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827909
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932849 | DOI:
The Blaine Amendment

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This chapter discusses the events surrounding the Blaine Amendment of 1876, when Congress came close to altering the religion clauses of the First Amendment. The Blaine Amendment was ostensibly proposed to resolve the School Question by creating a nationwide constitutional bar to the public funding of religious schooling. The chapter considers the various religious and political perspectives toward the proposed amendment, as well as the role of anti-Catholicism in the debate.

Keywords: Blaine Amendment; Ulysses S. Grant; James G. Blaine; constitutional amendment; anti-Catholicism

Chapter.  21534 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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