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Jimmy Carter, the Politics of Family, and the Rise of the Religious Right
     

Jimmy Carter, the Politics of Family, and the Rise of the Religious Right

by J. Flippen
 

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ISBN-10: 0820337706

ISBN-13: 2900820337707

Pub. Date: 03/15/2011

Publisher: Longleaf Services

As Jimmy Carter ascended to the presidency the heir apparent to Democratic liberalism, he touted his background as a born-again evangelical. Once in office, his faith indeed helped form policy on a number of controversial moral issues. By acknowledging certain behaviors as sinful while insisting that they were private matters beyond government interference, J.

Overview

As Jimmy Carter ascended to the presidency the heir apparent to Democratic liberalism, he touted his background as a born-again evangelical. Once in office, his faith indeed helped form policy on a number of controversial moral issues. By acknowledging certain behaviors as sinful while insisting that they were private matters beyond government interference, J. Brooks Flippen argues, Carter unintentionally alienated both social liberals and conservative Christians, thus ensuring that the debate over these moral “family issues” acquired a new prominence in public and political life.

The Carter era, according to Flippen, stood at a fault line in American culture, religion, and politics. In the wake of the 1960s, some Americans worried that the traditional family faced a grave crisis. This newly politicized constituency viewed secular humanism in education, the recognition of reproductive rights established by Roe v. Wade, feminism, and the struggle for homosexual rights as evidence of cultural decay and as a challenge to religious orthodoxy. Social liberals viewed Carter’s faith with skepticism and took issue with his seeming unwillingness to build on recent progressive victories. Ultimately, Flippen argues, conservative Christians emerged as the Religious Right and were adopted into the Republican fold.

Examining Carter’s struggle to placate competing interests against the backdrop of difficult foreign and domestic issues—a struggling economy, the stalled Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, disputes in the Middle East, handover of the Panama Canal, and the Iranian hostage crisis—Flippen shows how a political dynamic was formed that continues to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900820337707
Publisher:
Longleaf Services
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Series:
Since 1970: Histories of Contemporary America Series
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
456

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments

Introduction. Washington for Jesus
Chapter 1. The Times They Are a-Changin'
Chapter 2. The Year of the Evangelical
Chapter 3. Rootin' and Tootin'
Chapter 4. His Faith and Virtue Were Not Enough
Chapter 5. The Formidable Conservative Barrage
Chapter 6. The Profamily Movement
Chapter 7. The Reagan Revolution
Epilogue. A Fault Line in American Society

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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