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18May1631
Massachusetts Bans Non-Christians From Holding Political Office

Massachusetts Bans Non-Christians From Holding Political Office

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3May1675
Massachusetts Law Requires Church Doors be Locked & Guarded During Services

Massachusetts Law Requires Church Doors be Locked & Guarded During Services

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11May1682
Massachusetts Repeals Ban on Celebrating Christmas

Massachusetts Repeals Ban on Celebrating Christmas

12December1712

South Carolina Passes Law Requiring Everyone Attend Church on Sunday

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13February1826
American Temperance Society Founded in Boston

American Temperance Society Founded in Boston

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5February1837
Birth of American Evangelist Dwight L. Moody

Birth of American Evangelist Dwight L. Moody

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18January1844
U.S. Senate Rejects Christian Nation Resolution

U.S. Senate Rejects Christian Nation Resolution

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19March1860
Birth of William Jennings Bryan, Politician and Fundamentalist Religious Leader

Birth of William Jennings Bryan, Politician and Fundamentalist Religious Leader

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19November1862
Birth of William Ashley Sunday, American Baseball Player Who Becomes an Evangelist

Birth of William Ashley Sunday, American Baseball Player Who Becomes an Evangelist

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24December1865
K.K.K. Founded in Pulaski, Tennessee, by Confederate Veterans

K.K.K. Founded in Pulaski, Tennessee, by Confederate Veterans

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20April1871
Ku Klux Klan Act Broadens Presidential Powers to Deal With Christian Terrorism Against Blacks

Ku Klux Klan Act Broadens Presidential Powers to Deal With Christian Terrorism Against Blacks

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2January1872
Brigham Young Stands Trial for Bigamy

Brigham Young Stands Trial for Bigamy

23December1877

Woman's Christian Temperance Union Organized in Hillsboro, Ohio

17February1889
Evangelist Billy Sunday Holds First Public Crusade in Chicago

Evangelist Billy Sunday Holds First Public Crusade in Chicago

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21March1900
Death of Dwight L. Moody, Founder of Bible Institute for Home and Foreign Missions

Death of Dwight L. Moody, Founder of Bible Institute for Home and Foreign Missions

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30June1910
Ring v. Board of Ed: Court Strikes down Religious Exercises Like Bible Reading in Public Schools

Ring v. Board of Ed: Court Strikes down Religious Exercises Like Bible Reading in Public Schools

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6July1910
Christian Endeavor Society Campaigns Against Displaying Pictures of the 'Fight of the Century'

Christian Endeavor Society Campaigns Against Displaying Pictures of the 'Fight of the Century'

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20July1910

Christian Endeavor Society Starts Campaigns to Ban Movies with Kissing Between Non-Relatives

23March1915
Louisiana Court Rules Bible Readings and Prayers in Public Schools is Unconstitutional

Louisiana Court Rules Bible Readings and Prayers in Public Schools is Unconstitutional

7November1918
Birth of American Evangelist Billy Graham

Birth of American Evangelist Billy Graham

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21June1919
19th Amendment Passes U.S. House and Senate

19th Amendment Passes U.S. House and Senate

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5December1919

Allegheny Bar Association Wants Legal Action to Disbar an Atheist

19October1921
Birth of Bill Bright, Founder of the Campus Crusade for Christ

Birth of Bill Bright, Founder of the Campus Crusade for Christ

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4July1923
Chicago Tribune Prints Clarence Darrow's 55 Questions on the Bible to William Jennings Bryan

Chicago Tribune Prints Clarence Darrow's 55 Questions on the Bible to William Jennings Bryan

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15July1923
Methodist Review's Editor Dr. George Elliott Says William Jennings Bryan is Superficial in Education

Methodist Review's Editor Dr. George Elliott Says William Jennings Bryan is Superficial in Education

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23July1923
Georgia Assembly Considers Measure Opposing Atheism, Agnosticism, Darwinism

Georgia Assembly Considers Measure Opposing Atheism, Agnosticism, Darwinism

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1September1923
Oklahoma Governor Walton Imposes Martial Law Against KKK Violence

Oklahoma Governor Walton Imposes Martial Law Against KKK Violence

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27May1924
Methodist Episcopal Church Repeals Ban on Dancing, Card Playing, Circuses, Theater

Methodist Episcopal Church Repeals Ban on Dancing, Card Playing, Circuses, Theater

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25July1924
President Coolidge Tells Boy Scouts a Man Cannot Be Great Without Belief in God

President Coolidge Tells Boy Scouts a Man Cannot Be Great Without Belief in God

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31July1924

Georgia House Reviews Bill to Cut State Funding to Any School Teaching Evolution

15August1924
Birth of Phyllis Schlafly, Founder of Eagle Forum Opponent of Feminism, ERA

Birth of Phyllis Schlafly, Founder of Eagle Forum Opponent of Feminism, ERA

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8October1924
Playing of Jazz Music in Local Churches Banned by National Lutheran Conference

Playing of Jazz Music in Local Churches Banned by National Lutheran Conference

28January1925
Butler Anti-Evolution Act Passed in Tennessee

Butler Anti-Evolution Act Passed in Tennessee

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13March1925
Tennessee Passes Butler Act to Ban Teaching Evolution in School, Leads to Scopes Monkey Trial

Tennessee Passes Butler Act to Ban Teaching Evolution in School, Leads to Scopes Monkey Trial

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21March1925
Law Prohibiting Teaching Evolution in Public Schools Signed by Tennessee Gov. Austin Peay

Law Prohibiting Teaching Evolution in Public Schools Signed by Tennessee Gov. Austin Peay

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24April1925
John Scopes Uses School Text Book to Teach Evolution

John Scopes Uses School Text Book to Teach Evolution

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4May1925
George Rappleyea and Others Plan to Challenge Tennessee's Butler Act

George Rappleyea and Others Plan to Challenge Tennessee's Butler Act

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7May1925
Scopes Served With Arrest Warrant for Teaching Evolution in Public School

Scopes Served With Arrest Warrant for Teaching Evolution in Public School

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10May1925
John Scopes Has Preliminary Hearing on Butler Act Violation

John Scopes Has Preliminary Hearing on Butler Act Violation

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13May1925
William Jennings Bryan Volunteers to Help Prosecute John Scopes

William Jennings Bryan Volunteers to Help Prosecute John Scopes

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13May1925
Law Requiring Daily Bible Readings in All Public Schools Passed in Florida

Law Requiring Daily Bible Readings in All Public Schools Passed in Florida

14May1925
Former Law Professor John Randolph Neal Will Defend John Scopes

Former Law Professor John Randolph Neal Will Defend John Scopes

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18May1925
Clarence Darrow Criticizes William Jennings Bryan For Being Anti-Science

Clarence Darrow Criticizes William Jennings Bryan For Being Anti-Science

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18May1925
William Jennings Bryan: Evolution, Science, and Modernism be Stopped

William Jennings Bryan: Evolution, Science, and Modernism be Stopped

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21May1925
Presbyterian Church Passes Resolution Denouncing Theory of Evolution

Presbyterian Church Passes Resolution Denouncing Theory of Evolution

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24May1925
William Jennings Bryan: Children Shouldn't Learn Biology or Evolution

William Jennings Bryan: Children Shouldn't Learn Biology or Evolution

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24May1925
Clarence Darrow Explains Why Tennessee's Butler Act Should be Struck Down

Clarence Darrow Explains Why Tennessee's Butler Act Should be Struck Down

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25May1925
Judge Raulston Hurries to Get Scopes Monkey Trial Started

Judge Raulston Hurries to Get Scopes Monkey Trial Started

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28June1925
John Randolph Neal and John Scopes Discuss Trial with ACLU

John Randolph Neal and John Scopes Discuss Trial with ACLU

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6June1925
John Randolph Neal and John Scopes go to NYC to Get Help From ACLU

John Randolph Neal and John Scopes go to NYC to Get Help From ACLU

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