Religion has always played an important role in U.S. politics, from the writing of the Constitution to the most recent presidential elections. The subjects of religion and politics in America seem to perpetually spark passionate debate and study. Issues such as abortion, capital punishment, prayer in public schools, and family values keep religion and politics closely entwined in American public life. Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics is an A-to-Z reference covering all facets of American politics and religion, from the early days of the American republic to the rise of the political power of the Christian Right. More than 500 entries cover key religious and political leaders, important historical events, descriptions of court cases, concepts, and religious denominations. Entries include: Abolitionist movement American Jewish Congress (AJC) Patrick Buchanan Bus boycotts Dorothy Day Employment Division v. Smith Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Freedom Summer Home schooling Jehovah's Witnesses Martin Luther King Jr. Ku Klux Klan Cotton Mather Native American sacred grounds Pax Christi Polygamy Roe v. Wade Secularization Shakers. Excerpted from Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics by Paul A. Djupe, Laura R. Olson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.