Massachusetts becomes the last state to end tax support for churches

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Historical Context Note


The state of Massachusetts was the last to withdraw religious taxes in order to support churches, as it had always maintained that religion was an essential requirement for the happiness and well being of the people. Whereas Virginia had severed links between state and church as early as 1786, when it rejected the religious taxes bill, it wasn't until 1833 that Massachusetts followed and allowed that religious support was a matter for the private individual and not the state.

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