Religious Liberty as American History

Update on Law-Related Education, Vol. 17, No. 2, 1993

6 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2008

Date Written: Spring-Summer 1993


This essay demonstrates how the the development of the law of religious freedom in the United States helps to define the nation's history. Professor Bonventre uses religious liberty as a perspective from which to view America's history generally. Major events, documents and Supreme Court decisions are used to illustrate how the struggles between individual religious rights on the one hand and government or societal interests on the other help to elucidate where the nation has been and what it is today.

Keywords: freedom of religion, religious liberty, first amendment, supreme court, Thomas Jefferson, american history, mormons, jehovah witnesses, yoder, west virginia v. barnette, oregon v. smith

Suggested Citation

Bonventre, Vincent Martin, Religious Liberty as American History (Spring-Summer 1993). Update on Law-Related Education, Vol. 17, No. 2, 1993, Available at SSRN:

Vincent Martin Bonventre (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States


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