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One Nation under God: Making Historical Sense of Evangelical Protestantism in Contemporary American Politics
Simon P. Newman and Simon Newman
Journal of American Studies
Vol. 41, No. 3, Law and Politics (Dec., 2007), pp. 581-597
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27558049
Page Count: 17
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Commentators noted the role of the religious right in the re-election of President George W. Bush in 2004. This essay suggests that such assessments are ahistorical and flawed, and illustrates the ways in which evangelical Protestantism has shaped American political life. Examples of the intersection of religion and politics include Jefferson's election in 1800, John Brown's trial and execution, Abraham Lincoln's Civil War leadership and William Jennings Bryan's radical democratic politics. The essay concludes by arguing that if American-studies teaching and research marginalizes religion it fails to comprehend a vital component of American society and culture.
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