Gods Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right

Paperback | June 26, 2012

byDaniel K. Williams

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When the Christian Right burst onto the scene in the late 1970s, many political observers were shocked. But, as God's Own Party demonstrates, they shouldn't have been. The Christian Right goes back much farther than most journalists, political scientists, and historians realize. Relying onextensive archival and primary source research, Daniel K. Williams presents the first comprehensive history of the Christian Right, uncovering how evangelicals came to see the Republican Party as the vehicle through which they could reclaim America as a Christian nation.A fascinating and much-needed account of a key force in American politics, God's Own Party is the only full-scale analysis of the electoral shifts, cultural changes, and political activists at the movement's core - showing how the Christian Right redefined politics as we know it.

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When the Christian Right burst onto the scene in the late 1970s, many political observers were shocked. But, as God's Own Party demonstrates, they shouldn't have been. The Christian Right goes back much farther than most journalists, political scientists, and historians realize. Relying onextensive archival and primary source research,...

Daniel K. Williams is Associate Professor of History at the University of West Georgia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:June 26, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199929068

ISBN - 13:9780199929061

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. From Isolation to Influence2. The Emergence of a Fundamentalist Right3. God and Country during the Kennedy Presidency4. The Christian Silent Majority5. Nixon's Evangelical Strategy6. The Grassroots Campaign to Save the Family7. Culture Wars in the Carter Years8. Moral Majority9. Reagan10. Crashing the Party11. Capturing the White HouseNotesIndex

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''A wonderfully thorough account of the Christian Right...A bright example of sound methodology, clear and concise prose, and rigorous analysis. Based on years of painstaking research in a multitude of periodicals, personal and political papers, and organizational records, God's Own Partyeffectively transports the reader through time, charting the development of Christian right-wing activism over the course of ninety years.'' --Journal of Southern Religion