Everson v. Board of Education
“Supreme Court Building. Washington, D.C. 1941” Courtesy of the Library of Congress LC-USF34-014548-C

Everson v. Board of Education

Everson v. Board of Education (1947) was a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on the First Amendment’s establishment clause. Applying this provision to state governments via the 14th Amendment’s due process clause, Justice Hugo Black famously suggested in the opinion that the American Founders meant to erect a high and impregnable “wall of separation“ between church and state. This seminar will examine this 5-4 ruling, discuss the majority and dissenting opinions, and consider the long-term impact of the decision on American politics and First Amendment jurisprudence. Find the agenda and readings here.


April 30, 2022 -
April 30, 2022
9:30 AM EST
1:45 PM EST
The Ashbrook Center at Ashland University
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