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Church and State

  • Aired: 12/18/2012
  • 03:09
  • Rating: NR
Thomas Jefferson and James Madison fought efforts to impose a General Assessment in Virginia and, in the process, to establish the separation between church and state.
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Thomas Jefferson and James Madison fought to establish the separation of church and state
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“First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty” was made possible with support from the GFC Foundation, The Annenberg Foundation, The Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, The One Foundation, Garfield and Margo Cook, and other generous contributions.
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