The author traces the history of public school prayer in America and the legal debates since the 1962 Supreme Court ruling that outlawed the practice. The book thus makes available the historical and legal information from which readers can draw their own conclusions about this sensitive issue.
Lynda Beck Fenwick was born and raised in Kansas. She received her education degree from Fort Hays Kansas State University and taught in the public schools of Kansas, New York, and Massachusetts before attending Law school. She received her law degree from Baylor University and was a practising trial attorney in Texas prior to moving to Atlanta, Georgia, where she now lives with her husband, Larry.
Introduction1 European Religious Heritage2 Colonization3 Massachusetts4 Rhode Island5 Pennsylvania6 Maryland7 Virginia8 Georgia9 The Great Awakening10 The American Revolution11 Religious Freedom in Virginia12 The first Amendment13 Diversity14 Implementation15 The United States Supreme Court16 Interpreting the First Amendment17 The School Prayer Case: Engel v. Vitale18 The Bible Reading Cases19 Senate Debates: The Personal Side20 Senate Debates: The Arguments21 Equal Access Legislation22 The Silent Prayer Case23 Conclusion