From Bible Belt to Sunbelt

From Bible Belt to Sunbelt

Plain-folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism

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Baker & Taylor
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 ofAmerican 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"--Frompublisher description.

Norton Pub
A sweeping, five-decade history of the evangelical movement in southern California that explains an epochal 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.”

Book News
Dochuk (history, Purdue University) shows how fundamentalist Christianity moved out of the Bible Belt and into the suburbs of the Sunbelt to become a potent social and political force in the U.S. In an account that begins in the 1930s, the author shows how evangelicals who moved to California encountered and engaged with a local culture that many of them viewed as the embodiment of Sodom and Gomorrah, in the process creating a faith-based, conservative community with its own churches, colleges, and media. In great detail, Dochuk outlines the process by which a marginal community abandoned its New Deal politics to hitch its star to the conservative movement of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, with consequences that are still playing out in today's news. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A sweeping, five-decade history of the evangelical movement in southern California explains how the influx of migrants from the Bible Belt during the Great Depression ultimately led to the rise of the New Right and modern conservatism in the late 20th century.
A five-decade history of the evangelical movement in southern California explains how the influx of migrants from the Bible Belt during the Great Depression ultimately led to the rise of the New Right and modern conservatism in the late twentieth century.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393066821
0393066827
Branch Call Number: 277.949 D657f
Characteristics: xxiv, 520 p., [16] of plates : ill. ; 24 cm

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