Map of Disestablishment in the United States
Directions: Based upon the information provided for each state, color the map on the next page according to the information below and then answer the questions that follow.
Green: Never created an established church during the colonial era before 1776.
Blue: Disestablished the official church between 1776 and 1800.
Yellow: Disestablished the official church after 1800.
Delaware: Never created an established church
New Hampshire: 1819
New Jersey: Never created an established church
New York: 1777
North Carolina: 1776
Pennsylvania: Never created an established church
Rhode Island: Never created an established church
South Carolina: 1790
(Map in PDF)
CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS
- Why did states disestablish their churches at different times in history?
- How do you explain that certain states continued to have established churches after the First Amendment was ratified?
- Did the principles of the American Founding lead toward a movement for establishment or disestablishment of official churches? Why? Refer to the quotes in Handout B or the map in Handout C to support your answers.