A comprehensive look at an alliance that transformed American politics. Charting the Christian Right's influence on the Republican party, Williams traces its attempts to link conservative Protestantism to a partisan agenda; discusses campaigns against evolution; examines its ascendancy during the Reagan and George W. Bush presidencies; and shows why it continues to shape the political landscape. 400 pages, hardcover from Oxford University.
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 on extensive 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.
Associate Professor of History at the University of West Georgia.
I have long sought a book that would present the history of how the GOP became, in the mind of most conservative Christians, God s Own Party...This is the book I have been waiting for...For an interesting and objective history of the Christian Right, I highly recommend Williams book. --Laurence M. Vance, LewRockwell.com
"[T]his book is a needed addition to scholarship on the rise of the New Right."--Religious Studies Review
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