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.
Introduction 1 European Religious Heritage 2 Colonization 3 Massachusetts 4 Rhode Island 5 Pennsylvania 6 Maryland 7 Virginia 8 Georgia 9 The Great Awakening 10 The American Revolution 11 Religious Freedom in Virginia 12 The first Amendment 13 Diversity 14 Implementation 15 The United States Supreme Court 16 Interpreting the First Amendment 17 The School Prayer Case: Engel v. Vitale 18 The Bible Reading Cases 19 Senate Debates: The Personal Side 20 Senate Debates: The Arguments 21 Equal Access Legislation 22 The Silent Prayer Case 23 Conclusion