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To build a wall : American Jews and the separation of church and state

Author: Gregg Ivers
Publisher: Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1995.
Series: Constitutionalism and democracy.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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To Build a Wall represents the first extensive study of the effect of Jewish interest groups on church-state litigation. Ivers carefully traces the evolution of the American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress, and the ADL from benevolent social service agencies to powerful organized interest groups active on all fronts of American politics and public affairs. He draws extensively upon original sources
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregg Ivers
ISBN: 0813915546 9780813915548
OCLC Number: 31434526
Description: ix, 272 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Law, the Courts, and Political Jurisprudence --
2. The Political Organization of American Jewry, 1906-1947 --
3. Challenging the Public Schools: The Released-Time Cases --
4. Separation to the Fore: Torcaso, Engel, Schempp, and Beyond --
5. Litigation and the Public Purse: The Parochial School Aid Cases --
6. Defending the Status Quo: Litigation in a Changed Environment.
Series Title: Constitutionalism and democracy.
Responsibility: Gregg Ivers.

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To Build a Wall represents the first extensive study of the effect of Jewish interest groups on church-state litigation. Ivers carefully traces the evolution of the American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress, and the ADL from benevolent social service agencies to powerful organized interest groups active on all fronts of American politics and public affairs. He draws extensively upon original sources and archival materials from each organization, personal interviews over a five-year period, as well as the personal files and papers of Leo Pfeffer, the lead counsel or amicus curiae in nearly every establishment clause case from the late 1940s through the early eighties. Ivers concludes that organized interests can and do have critical influence in the legal process, but that organizational needs and external demands result in a more ad hoc, less planned approach to law and litigation than much previous scholarship has suggested.

Ivers also argues that the ethnic, economic, and religious differences that led to the formation of competing Jewish organizations eighty years ago continue to drive a dynamic pluralism within the Jewish community, manifest in part in divergent approaches to litigation and public affairs.

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