23 September 2019

BOOK: Nathan C. WALKER, The First Amendment and State Bans on Teachers’ Religious Garb : Analyzing the Historic Origins of Contemporary Legal Challenges in the United States. (London: Routledge, 2019). ISBN 9780367188306, £115.00

(Source: Routledge)

Routledge has published a book on the history of laws and debates surrounding teachers’ religious garb in the United States.


Examining the twelve-decade legal conflict of government bans on religious garb worn by teachers in U.S. public schools, this book provides comprehensive documentation and analysis of the historical origins and subsequent development of teachers’ religious garb in relation to contemporary legal challenges within the United Nations and the European Union.

By identifying and correcting factual errors in the literature about historical bans on teachers’ garb, Walker demonstrates that there are still substantial and unresolved legal questions to the constitutionality of state garb statutes and reflects on how the contemporary conflicts are historically rooted. Showcased through a wealth of laws and case studies, this book is divided into eight clear and concise chapters and answers questions such as: what are anti-religious-garb laws?; how have the state and federal court decisions evolved?; what are the constitutional standards?; what are the establishment clause and free exercise clause arguments?; and how has this impacted current debates on teachers’ religious garb?, before concluding with an informative summary of the points discussed throughout.

The First Amendment and State Bans on Teachers’ Religious Garb is the ideal resource for researchers, academics, and postgraduate students in the fields of education, religion, education policy, sociology of education, and law, or those looking to explore an in-depth development of the laws and debates surrounding teachers’ religious garb within the last 125 years.


Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Walker is executive director of 1791 Delegates. He has studied law and religion at Harvard and Columbia universities, US.


List of Tables
Chapter I - The Problem and the Plan
Chapter II - How Did We Get Here
Chapter III - What are the Constitutional Standards?
Chapter IV - How Do We Proceed?
Chapter V - What are the Establishment Clause Arguments?
Chapter VI - What are the Free Exercise Clause Arguments?
Chapter VII - Discussion and Decision
Chapter VIII - What Have We Learned?
Case Abbreviations

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