Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections): The Battles That Define America from Jefferson's Heresies to Gay Marriage

Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections): The Battles That Define America from Jefferson's Heresies to Gay Marriage


In this well timed, conscientiously reasoned social historical past of the USA, the New York Times bestselling writer of Religious Literacy and God isn't One locations today’s heated tradition wars in the context of a centuries-long fight of correct as opposed to left and spiritual as opposed to secular to bare how, finally, liberals constantly win.

Though they could appear to be dividing the rustic irreparably, today’s heated cultural and political battles among correct and left, Progressives and Tea social gathering, spiritual and secular are faraway from exceptional. during this enticing and demanding paintings, Stephen Prothero reframes the present debate, viewing it because the most modern in a couple of flashpoints that experience formed our nationwide identification. Prothero takes us on a full of life journey via time, bringing into concentration the election of 1800, which pitted Calvinists and Federalists opposed to Jeffersonians and “infidels;” the Protestants’ crusade opposed to Catholics within the mid-nineteenth century; the anti-Mormon campaign of the Victorian period; the fundamentalist-modernist debates of the Nineteen Twenties; the tradition wars of the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties; and the present campaign opposed to Islam.

As Prothero makes transparent, our tradition wars have continually been spiritual wars, progressing during the comparable levels of conservative response to liberal victory that at last profit all americans. Drawing on his remarkable intensity of data and unique learn, he explains how competing spiritual ideals have always molded our political, financial, and sociological discourse and divulges how the conflicts which separate us this present day, like those who got here prior to, are literally the byproduct of our fight to return to phrases with inclusiveness and beliefs of “Americanness.” To discover those battles, he reminds us, is to appear into the soul of America—and probably locate crucial solutions to the questions that beset us.

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