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The Resource Armed with the Constitution : Jehovah's Witnesses in Alabama and the U.S. Supreme Court, 1939-1946, Merlin Owen Newton

Armed with the Constitution : Jehovah's Witnesses in Alabama and the U.S. Supreme Court, 1939-1946, Merlin Owen Newton

Label
Armed with the Constitution : Jehovah's Witnesses in Alabama and the U.S. Supreme Court, 1939-1946
Title
Armed with the Constitution
Title remainder
Jehovah's Witnesses in Alabama and the U.S. Supreme Court, 1939-1946
Statement of responsibility
Merlin Owen Newton
Creator
Enacting jurisdiction
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The contribution of Jehovah's Witnesses in expanding the meaning of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, both in substance and in federal application, has not been fully explored. Not only did the Witnesses prick the conscience of the nation, they also prodded the judiciary to reinforce and define the Amendment's guarantees. Constitutional historians have recognized that the zealous minority conducted a national campaign seeking legal recognition of the right to practice its particular religion but generally have confined their attention to surveys. This book seeks to acknowledge the Witness contribution in an in-depth study of two key U.S. Supreme Court decisions born of the Witness struggle in Alabama between 1939 and 1946, Jones v. Opelika and Marsh v. Alabama. Using contemporary periodicals and legal journals; Witnesses' memoirs, letters, and interviews; works published by the Witness parent organization; and scholarly studies of the Witnesses, Newton places the cases in legal context by examining extensive court records and relevant papers as well as the biographical backgrounds of the judges involved in the decisions. But the book is more than a legal study; it is also a dramatic history of two powerful personalities, Rosco Jones and Grace Marsh, whose total commitment to their faith enabled them to carry the Jehovah's Witnesses' battle from rural Alabama to the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court. It portrays the courage and strength of two "ordinary" people, one black and one white, whose dedicated struggle not only challenged the white male power structure in Alabama but also helped to influence the U.S. Supreme Court in protecting individual liberty and ultimately inenhancing the First Amendment rights of all Americans
Cataloging source
DLC
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1935-
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Newton, Merlin Owen
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
KF4783
LC item number
.N45 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Marsh, Grace
  • Jones, Rosco
  • United States
  • Freedom of religion
  • Jehovah's Witnesses
  • Jehovah's Witnesses
Label
Armed with the Constitution : Jehovah's Witnesses in Alabama and the U.S. Supreme Court, 1939-1946, Merlin Owen Newton
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [195]-209) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
29878132
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 221 pages
Isbn
9780817307363
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
94003993
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Armed with the Constitution : Jehovah's Witnesses in Alabama and the U.S. Supreme Court, 1939-1946, Merlin Owen Newton
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [195]-209) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
29878132
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 221 pages
Isbn
9780817307363
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
94003993
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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