Responding to the Nonpreferentialists
These two books review the history of church-state relations in the United States, with a focus on the meaning of the establishment clause. Both cover the colonial, revolutionary, and constitution-making periods. Curry ends with ratifications of the first amendment in 1791; Levy continues to the final disestablishment in Massachusetts in 1833. Levy also reviews and criticizes the Supreme Court's interpretations of the establishment clause.