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.
''Williams...does as well as any writer to date in answering the basic questions of what went into making up the religious right.'' --The New Republic
''Thoroughly researched and engagingly written...God's Own Party
should serve as the standard history of the latest Protestant Right for the foreseeable future.'' --Journal of American History
''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 Party
effectively transports the reader through time, charting the development of Christian right-wing activism over the course of ninety years.'' --Journal of Southern Religion
''The best general study of the Religious Right.'' --Church History
"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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