A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Engel v. Vitale

Engel v. Vitale On 25 June 1962, the Supreme Court ruled (6–1) that public school officials cannot lead students in repeating a state-authored prayer, even one that is nondenominational and from which students may excuse themselves. Such a ceremony violates the First Amendment’s prohibition against established religions. The Court reaffirmed Engel in Abington Township v. Schempp.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Engel v. Vitale," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed January 27, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=94TKS55XBJDGWCG.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Engel v. Vitale." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 27 Jan. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=94TKS55XBJDGWCG.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Engel v. Vitale' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 27 January 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=94TKS55XBJDGWCG.