Cross Purposes: Pierce v. Society of Sisters and the by Paula Abrams

By Paula Abrams

"A definitive learn of an incredibly vital, even though apparently ignored, ideally suited court docket choice, Pierce v. Society of Sisters."

---Robert O'Neil, Professor of legislation Emeritus, collage of Virginia tuition of Law

"A cautious and beautiful exam of a dramatic and instructive conflict among nationalism and spiritual pluralism, and of the traditional yet ongoing fight for regulate over the schooling of kids and the formation of citizens."

---Richard W. Garnett, Professor of legislations and affiliate Dean, Notre Dame legislation School

"A well-written, well-researched mix of legislations, politics, and history."

---Joan DelFattore, Professor of English and felony reports, college of Delaware

In 1922, the folk of Oregon handed laws requiring all teenagers to wait public faculties. For the nativists and progressives who had campaigned for the Oregon college invoice, it marked the 1st victory in a countrywide crusade to homogenize education---and finally the population. inner most colleges, either secular and non secular, vowed to problem the legislations. The Catholic Church, the most important supplier of non-public schooling within the state and the first goal of the Ku Klux Klan crusade, improved to steer the struggle the entire technique to the U.S. ideally suited Court.

In Pierce v. Society of Sisters (1925), the court docket declared the Oregon institution invoice unconstitutional and governed that folks have the precise to figure out how their youngsters can be expert. on the grounds that then, Pierce has supplied a precedent in lots of instances pitting mom and dad opposed to the state.

Paula Abrams is Professor of Constitutional legislation at Lewis & Clark legislations School.

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