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Engel v. Vitale
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  • Authored by: Shane Mountjoy; Consulting Editor:Tim McNeese
  • From the Series: Great Supreme Court Decisions
  • Trim Size: 6-1/2 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0791092410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7910-9241-5
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 11/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 344
  • Reading Level: Grades 5-8
  • Pages: 128


What happens when a state board prescribes a prayer for public school children to recite in every classroom each morning as part of its program of "moral and spiritual training"? This question faced the U.S. Supreme Court in 1962 when they heard arguments in Engel v. Vitale. What some observers considered to be nothing more than a school tradition became the basis of a key constitutional question dealing with religious freedom and the meaning of separation of church and state in the United States. Engel v. Vitale: School Prayer and the Establishment Clause serves as a useful primer of an issue that remains an emotionally charged one today. Combining absorbing profiles of key litigants with carefully selected full-color photographs, extensive footnotes, and a chronology and timeline, historian Shane Mountjoy provides excellent coverage of this decisive case.


Full-color photographs. Glossary. Sidebars. Chronology/Timeline. Further reading. Bibliography. Source notes. Index.

About the Author(s)

Shane Mountjoy is an associate professor of history at York College, in York, Nebraska. The author of several history books, Professor Mountjoy holds an A.A. from York College; a B.A. from Lubbock Christian University; an M.A. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

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