Jerry Dunklee headshot

Professor Jerry Dunklee spent Spring 2017 on sabbatical, researching religious freedom and recording podcasts on the topic.

Two of the podcasts can be heard below.

First, Dunklee gives a brief history of religion in the United States, from early settlers, the Revolution, the creation of the First Amendment, the Civil War and the attempt at the Blaine Amendment in 1879. This episode includes the Supreme Court Mormon Polygamy case in 1878.


In the second episode, Dunklee speaks with guest Lyle Denniston, a journalist who has covered the Supreme Court for decades.

The discussion covers the failure of the federal Blaine Amendment(1879), why the dislike of Catholics motivated it, the subsequent amendments to state constitutions and the impact of the Trinity Lutheran case in June 2017 on the issues.

Photo at top shows Dunkee next to the textbook, The Power of Free Expression in America, which chronicles the First Amendment. Dunklee and Harris wrote the textbook for the Southern Journalism course, The Media: Freedom & Power.

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