From the ADL Poster Series
"The Living Constitution" for use in junior high, senior
high, and college courses in American History, American Government,
Civics, Problems in American Democracy, World History, Political
Science, Law, Economics, Sociology, and Current Affairs.
Below, we suggest
some possible objectives but because of the range of grades, student
levels of sophistication, teaching styles and school curricula,
our suggestions have been kept to the basics. A detailed curriculum
can be prepared about the issue raised here.
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will be able to explain why the Pilgrims came to the America.
will examine the first Amendment of the United States constitution
with respect to its provisions about religion.
will be able to explain the meaning of the "Establishment"
and "Free Exercise" Clause of the amendment.
will develop an hypothesis about the views of the founders about
the role of religion in society and how they were connected to
the the experiences of the Pilgrims.
Text of the
had been called Separatists back in England because they wanted
complete independence from the established Church of England. In
1620, they sailed the stormy Atlantic for 63 days on the tiny Mayflower,
seeking freedom of religion in the New World. Here in Plymouth,
they are shown on their way to church.
established Church of England.
the Separatists? Why did they come to America?
an Established Church?
the wording in the First Amendment regarding an established
religion in the United States?
following Supreme Court decisions on church-states issues:
v. Vitale (1962), on the use of an official prayer in the
v. Kurtzman (1971), involving state aid to parochial schools.
In this key case, the Court set specific standards for the constitutionality
of different kinds of aid.
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