Religion in American Politics

While the United States was founded on the separation of church and state, American politics has never been separate from American religion. This section of the exhibit explores the connection between religion and politics in American history.

The first page is a chart showing the political work (drafting constitutional provisions and laws) done by the states as their citizens sought to govern themselves amidst their religious diversity. Some states disestablished early in the revolution; some took decades to do so. Some continued tax support; others barred clergy from public office.

Among other topics, future pages will look at the changing religious character of American political rhetoric, the influence of religion on voting patterns, and the role of religion in the various reform movements that have shaped American politics. is a project of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University

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