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One nation under God : how corporate America invented Christian America

by Kruse, Kevin Michael, 1972-

Format: Print Book 2015
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The provocative and authoritative history of the origins of Christian America in the New Deal era

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 belief that America is fundamentally and formally Christian originated in the 1930s.

To fight the "slavery" of FDR's New Deal, businessmen enlisted religious activists in a campaign for "freedom under God" that culminated in the election of their ally Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. The new president revolutionized the role of religion in American politics. He inaugurated new traditions like the National Prayer Breakfast, as Congress added the phrase "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance and made "In God We Trust" the country's first official motto. Church membership soon soared to an all-time high of 69 percent. Americans across the religious and political spectrum agreed that their country was "one nation under God."

Provocative and authoritative, One Nation Under God reveals how an unholy alliance of money, religion, and politics created a false origin story that continues to define and divide American politics to this day.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Kruse seeks to challenge Americans' assumptions about the basic relationship between religion and politics, claiming the idea that America is a Christian nation is actually of quite recent origin. In the early twentieth century, many Evangelical Christians were convinced that large government bureaucracies and the welfare state were the source of moral decay. Corporate America was a perfect partner to oppose FDR's New Deal policies. The common goals of these groups has had a profound effect on American society. Kruse's work is a fascinating account of the sacralization of the state over the past 70-odd years, ranging from the addition of the words under God to the Pledge of Allegiance to the framing of political policies in explicitly Christian terms. Curiously, his contention that Americans believe this has gone on from the founding of the nation is only assumed and never established. Nevertheless, this work poses at least two important questions: To what extent should the political rhetoric of a diverse democracy invoke piety, and should piety ever be coupled with patriotism?--McConnell, Christopher Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Princeton historian Kruse (White Flight) wonders "why so many contemporary Americans came to believe that [the U.S.] has always been and always should be a Christian nation" and finds answers among a group of 1930s anti-New Deal industrialists intent on promoting "Christian libertarianism"-a philosophy that preached the salvation of the individual through free enterprise. These businessmen, alongside clergy such as Billy Graham, saw an Eisenhower presidency as an opportunity to "inspire the American people to a more spiritual way of life." Yet the Eisenhower Administration produced little more than ceremonial deism. Kruse argues that superficial displays-such as adding "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance-may have created the religious tradition we see today, but more significant attempts to bridge the gap between church and state were blocked by the Supreme Court. The movement may even have died were it not for Nixon, who cynically evoked nostalgia for 1950s-era stability to win the presidency and helped transform the Silent Majority into the Moral Majority. Kruse sidesteps the question of whether America actually had a religious founding, describing instead how 20th-century politicians exploited this idea, but by doing so, he misses a critical opportunity to separate history from myth and chicanery. B&w photos. Agent: Geri Thoma, Writers House. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Christianity and politics -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Church and state -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
New Deal, 1933-1939 -- Public opinion.
Corporations -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Conservatism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Social conflict -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Religion -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
Publisher New York :2015
Other Titles 1 nation under God
Language English
Description xvi, 352 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 302-337) and index.
ISBN 9780465049493
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