Linda Przybyszewski, PhD

Harlan Interview

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Backstory With the History Guys

Legal Publications

  • Religion, Morality, and the Constitutional Order (2011) for the American Historical Association

  • The Republic According to John Marshall Harlan (1999).

  • Some Memories of a Long Life, 1854-1911 by Malvina Shanklin Harlan (2002); edited by Professor Pski, with a foreward by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg  


Legal Work

Professor Pski spoke on...

... The Knockoff Economy at the seminar held by Law + Market Behavior at the Law School at the University of Notre Dame in 2013

... the development of American Catholic church-state theory in 19th-Century America at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago in 2012;

... the sacralizing of religious liberty at San Francisco State University in 2010;

... and the Legal History and Religion Workshop at the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2010.

       Her article on "Judicial Conservatism and Protestant Faith: The Case of Justice David J. Brewer” appeared in the Journalof American History in 2004.

     She is working on a book project on the Cincinnati Bible War, "Who Won the Bible War? The Unexpected Origins of Religious Liberty in Modern America," which tells the story of what happened after the Cincinnati school board voted to end Bible reading in 1869. The was awarded a grant from the Spencer Foundation for this project for 2015-2016, and from the National Endowment for the Humanities for 2016..

Professor Pski is a Concurrent Associate Professor in the Law School at Notre Dame.

Cincinnati Bible War 

In 1869, the board of the public schools of Cincinnati ended Bible reading at the start of the school day. Accusations, petition drives, mass meetings, and a lawsuit followed. To learn more about the controversy that riveted the nation, click here to watch Professor Pski tell the story from the courtroom of the Ohio Supreme Court.