The court ruled that the federal anti-bigamy statute did not violate the first amendment. This ruling
established the precedent that the first amendment protected did not protect religious practices that
were considered to be criminal acts.
The court rule
Civil War discourse has been dominated by the idea that the North defeated a racist, slave-owning people devoid of rational culture. Recent scholarship, however, has posited that antebellum Southern society and culture, despite its affiliation with l