Constant Conflict: Politics, Culture, and the Struggle for America's Future

Overview

America's culture war - which pits traditionalists, unrelenting defenders of the social orthodoxy, against modernists, agitators for social change - has simmered and seethed since the birth of the nation. But in the turbulent decade of the 1960s, the culture war erupted in the political arena, where it thunders on today. Constant Conflict examines how the evolution of cultural issues as political tools has rocked the balance of political power in America, and continues to do so. Through an expansive coverage of ...

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Overview

America's culture war - which pits traditionalists, unrelenting defenders of the social orthodoxy, against modernists, agitators for social change - has simmered and seethed since the birth of the nation. But in the turbulent decade of the 1960s, the culture war erupted in the political arena, where it thunders on today. Constant Conflict examines how the evolution of cultural issues as political tools has rocked the balance of political power in America, and continues to do so. Through an expansive coverage of events - from Vietnam, Nixon, discrimination, abortion, economic imbalance, and morality in political behavior - Washington journalist Robert Shogan provides an objective and informed look at how Americans feel about themselves and their country in the first decade of the new millennium. Updates to the paperback show how the culture war has reached new heights in the Bush presidency, with the emphasis on Godliness and the divisiveness against the Axis of Evil. Shogan also discusses how the cultural conflicts will impact the 2004 campaign.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813342214
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 2/4/2004
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 0.84 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Shogan has spent more than thirty years covering the political scene in Washington as national political correspondent for Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Government at the Center for Study of American Government of Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Author's note
Pt. 1 Impeachment
1 "Does the truth matter?" 3
2 God's own guerrilla 21
3 The minister's son 37
4 Day of judgment 51
Pt. 2 Revolution
5 Roots of upheaval 77
6 Eve of destruction 91
7 The guardian 105
8 The whole world is watching 119
Pt. 3 Thunder on the right
9 "Unblack, unyoung, and unpoor" 135
10 The return of the righteous 157
11 The city on a hill 175
12 "The christians are coming" 193
Pt. 4 New millennium
13 The prince of compassion 221
14 The faith that failed 251
15 The forty years' war 283
Epilogue : a call to arms 319
Notes 333
Index 351
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