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"Tilden's Wolf at the Door"

Topic:
Tilden the Hungry Wolf
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
September 16, 1876, pp. 756-757
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In 1876 a proposed constitutional amendment was introduced into Congress, which would have prohibited any government body (federal, state, territorial, district, or municipal) from allocating funds to the schools or other institutions of any religious (or anti-religious) sect, denomination, or organization. (The proposed amendment explicitly protected Bible-reading in schools.) Presidential nominee Rutherford Hayes and most of his fellow Republicans endorsed the amendment, but it failed to gain sufficient Congressional backing. Ultimately, though, the movement was successful in keeping most public funds away from religious schools.
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