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Steven K. Green, The Second Disestablishment

David Sehat I’ve just finished reading Steven K. Green’s The Second Disestablishment, which is a most useful book for anyone interested in the history of religion and law in United States. Many historians have argued that disestablishment, the removal of state support for religious institutions that occurred from 1776-1833, separated church and state in the United States. Green makes a different and much more compelling argument. Rather than seeing disestablishment as a singular and once-and-for-all event, Green argues that disestablishment occurred in three distinct phases. The first happened when states stopped paying churches and removed civil disabilities for non-Protestants and Read more