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Law and Catholicism in Colonial Maryland

103 Catholic Historical Review 465 (2017)

26 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2017  

Scott D. Gerber

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law

Date Written: September 14, 2017

Abstract

Montesquieu famously concluded in The Spirit of the Laws that each form of government has an animating principle — a set of “human passions that set it in motion” — and that each form can be corrupted if its animating principle is undermined. Maryland is a compelling case study of Montesquieu’s theory: founded in 1632 by Lord Baltimore as a haven for Catholics, a mere two decades later that animating principle was dead. This article explores why. More specifically, the article examines the birth, death, and resurrection of Maryland’s animating principle by identifying with as much precision as possible the impact of the law itself on regime change in colonial Maryland.

Keywords: Colonial Maryland, Lord Baltimore, Religious Toleration, Law

Suggested Citation

Gerber, Scott D., Law and Catholicism in Colonial Maryland (September 14, 2017). 103 Catholic Historical Review 465 (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3037191

Scott Gerber (Contact Author)

Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law ( email )

525 South Main Street
Ada, OH 45810
United States

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