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Author FitzGerald, Frances, 1940- author.

Title The Evangelicals [Overdrive electronic resource] : the struggle to shape America / Frances FitzGerald.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
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Contents The great awakenings and the Evangelical empire -- Liberals and conservatives in the Post-Civil War North -- The fundamentalist-modernist conflict -- The separatists -- Billy Graham and modern evangelicalism -- Pentecostals and Southern Baptists -- Evangelicals in the sixties -- The fundamentalist uprising in the South -- Jerry Falwell and he moral majority -- Reagan and the South turns Republican -- The Evangelical thinkers -- Pat Robertson : politics and charismatic prophecies -- The Christian coalition and the Republican Party -- The Christian right and George W. Bush -- New Evangelicals -- The transformation of the Christian right.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. New York Simon & Schuster 2017 Available via World Wide Web.
Summary The evangelical movement began in the revivals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, known in America as the Great Awakenings. A populist rebellion against the established churches, it became the dominant religious force in the country. During the nineteenth century white evangelicals split apart dramatically, first North versus South, and then at the end of the century, modernist versus fundamentalist. After World War II, Billy Graham, the revivalist preacher, attracted enormous crowds and tried to gather all Protestants under his big tent, but the civil rights movement and the social revolution of the sixties drove them apart again. By the 1980s Jerry Falwell and other southern televangelists, such as Pat Robertson, had formed the Christian right. Protesting abortion and gay rights, they led the South into the Republican Party, and for thirty-five years they were the sole voice of evangelicals to be heard nationally. Eventually a younger generation of leaders protested the Christian right’s close ties with the Republican Party and proposed a broader agenda of issues, such as climate change, gender equality, and immigration reform. Evangelicals have in many ways defined the nation. They have shaped our culture and our politics. Frances FitGerald’s narrative of this distinctively American movement is a major work of history, piecing together the centuries-long story for the first time. Evangelicals now constitute twenty-five percent of the American population, but they are no longer monolithic in their politics. They range from Tea Party supporters to social reformers. Still, with the decline of religious faith generally, FitzGerald suggests that evangelical churches must embrace ethnic minorities if they are to survive.
Subject Evangelicalism -- United States -- History.
Fundamentalism -- United States -- History.
Christianity and politics -- United States -- History.
United States -- Church history.
Genre Electronic books.
Added Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Other Form: Print version: FitzGerald, Frances, 1940- author. Evangelicals New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2017 9781439131336 (DLC) 2016025851
ISBN 9781439143155 (electronic bk.)
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