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Author Dochuk, Darren

Title From Bible Belt to Sunbelt : plain-folk religion, grassroots politics, and the rise of evangelical conservatism / Darren Dochuk

Publ Info New York : W.W. Norton, [2011]
Edition First edition
 RWU Main Library  BR555.C2 D63 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xxiv, 520 pages, 16 unnumbered of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [473]-483) and index
Contents Introduction : at home with the angels -- Plain folk -- Preachers -- Entrepreneurs -- Labor wars -- New allies -- Plain-folk preaching mainstreamed -- The new gospel of wealth -- Declarations of independence -- Sentinels of freedom -- Creative society -- Jesus people -- Moral Majority -- Born again -- Epilogue : wilderness again
Note 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"--From publisher description
LC subject Christian conservatism -- California, Southern -- History -- 20th century
Evangelicalism -- California, Southern -- History -- 20th century
California, Southern -- Church history -- 20th century
ISBN 9780393066821