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One nation under God : how corporate America invented Christian America, Kevin M. Kruse

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One nation under God : how corporate America invented Christian America
Title
One nation under God
Title remainder
how corporate America invented Christian America
Statement of responsibility
Kevin M. Kruse
Title variation
How corporate America invented Christian America
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"We're often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But in One Nation Under God, historian Kevin M. Kruse reveals that the idea of 'Christian America' is an invention--and a relatively recent one at that. As Kruse argues, the belief that America is fundamentally and formally a Christian nation originated in the 1930s when businessmen enlisted religious activists in their fight against FDR's New Deal. Corporations from General Motors to Hilton Hotels bankrolled conservative clergymen, encouraging them to attack the New Deal as a program of 'pagan statism' that perverted the central principle of Christianity: the sanctity and salvation of the individual. Their campaign for 'freedom under God' culminated in the election of their close ally Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. But this apparent triumph had an ironic twist. In Eisenhower's hands, a religious movement born in opposition to the government was transformed into one that fused faith and the federal government as never before. During the 1950s, Eisenhower revolutionized the role of religion in American political culture, inventing new traditions from inaugural prayers to the National Prayer Breakfast. Meanwhile, Congress added the phrase 'under God' to the Pledge of Allegiance and made 'In God We Trust' the country's first official motto. With private groups joining in, church membership soared to an all-time high of 69%. For the first time, Americans began to think of their country as an officially Christian nation. During this moment, virtually all Americans--across the religious and political spectrum--believed that their country was 'one nation under God.' But as Americans moved from broad generalities to the details of issues such as school prayer, cracks began to appear. Religious leaders rejected this 'lowest common denomination' public religion, leaving conservative political activists to champion it alone. In Richard Nixon's hands, a politics that conflated piety and patriotism became sole property of the right. Provocative and authoritative, One Nation Under God reveals how the unholy alliance of money, religion, and politics created a false origin story that continues to define and divide American politics to this day"--
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1972-
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Kruse, Kevin Michael
Dewey number
322/.10973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • facsimiles
  • photographs
Index
index present
LC call number
  • BR517
  • BR517
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Christianity and politics
  • Church and state
  • New Deal, 1933-1939
  • Corporations
  • Conservatism
  • Political culture
  • Social conflict
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
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One nation under God : how corporate America invented Christian America, Kevin M. Kruse
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
PART I: Creation -- "Freedom Under God" -- The Great Crusades -- PART II: Consecration -- "Government Under God" -- Pledging Allegiance -- Pitchmen for Piety -- PART III: Conflict -- "Whose Religious Tradition?" -- "Our So-Called Religious Leaders" -- "Which Side Are You On?" -- Epilogue
Control code
sky268966206
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 352 pages
Isbn
9780465049493
Lccn
2014035883
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations. facsimiles, photographs
Label
One nation under God : how corporate America invented Christian America, Kevin M. Kruse
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
PART I: Creation -- "Freedom Under God" -- The Great Crusades -- PART II: Consecration -- "Government Under God" -- Pledging Allegiance -- Pitchmen for Piety -- PART III: Conflict -- "Whose Religious Tradition?" -- "Our So-Called Religious Leaders" -- "Which Side Are You On?" -- Epilogue
Control code
sky268966206
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 352 pages
Isbn
9780465049493
Lccn
2014035883
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations. facsimiles, photographs

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