The Ten Commandments & their Influence on American Law

The Ten Commandments & their Influence on American Law



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“The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount contain my religion” – John Adams, Nov. 4, 1816, letter to Thomas Jefferson.

“The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days.” – Harry S Truman, Feb. 15, 1950, Attorney General’s Conference.

See references to the Ten Commandments in court cases:

“The Ten Commandments have had an immeasurable effect on Anglo-American legal development” – U.S. District Court, Crockett v. Sorenson , W.D. Va. (1983)

“It is equally undeniable …that the Ten Commandments have had a significant impact on the development of secular legal codes of the Western World.” – U.S. Supreme Court, Stone v. Graham, (1980) (Rehnquist, J., dissenting)

An ideal book for students, teachers, journalists, writers and those interested in researching the foundations of American law!

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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 in

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