From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism

From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism

by Darren Dochuk
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393066827

ISBN-13: 9780393066821

Pub. Date: 12/13/2010

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

A prize-winning, five-decade history of the evangelical movement in Southern California that explains a sweeping realignment of American politics.From Bible Belt to Sun Belt tells the dramatic and largely unknown story of “plain-folk” religious migrants: hardworking men and women from Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas who fled the Depression and came to

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A prize-winning, five-decade history of the evangelical movement in Southern California that explains a sweeping realignment of American politics.From Bible Belt to Sun Belt tells the dramatic and largely unknown story of “plain-folk” religious migrants: hardworking men and women from Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas who fled the Depression and came to California for military jobs during World War II. Investigating this fiercely pious community at a grassroots level, Darren Dochuk uses the stories of religious leaders, including Billy Graham, as well as many colorful, lesser-known figures to explain how evangelicals organized a powerful political machine. This machine made its mark with Barry Goldwater, inspired Richard Nixon’s “Southern Solution,” and achieved its greatest triumph with the victories of Ronald Reagan. Based on entirely new research, the manuscript has already won the prestigious Allan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians. The judges wrote, “Dochuk offers a rich and multidimensional perspective on the origins of one of the most far-ranging developments of the second half of the twentieth century: the rise of the New Right and modern conservatism.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393066821
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/13/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Map of Southern California, CIRCA 1980 ix

Introduction: "At Home with the Angels" xi

I Southern Errand

1 Plain Folk 3

2 Preachers 27

3 Entrepreneurs 51

II Southern Problem

4 Labor Wars 79

5 New Allies 112

III Southern Solutions

6 Plain-Folk Preaching Mainstreamed 141

7 The New Gospel of Wealth 167

8 Declaration of Independence 196

9 Sentinels of Freedom 223

IV Southern Strategies

10 Creative Society 259

11 Jesus People 293

12 Moral Majority 326

13 Born Again 362

Epilogue: Wilderness Again 397

Acknowledgments 411

Notes 419

Selected Bibliography 473

Photograph Credits 485

Index 489

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