Remembrance and the Christian Right

Kerwin Lee Klein

in From History to Theory

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268814
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948297 | DOI:
Remembrance and the Christian Right

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This chapter explores one strand of popular and political discourse about the past in the recent United States. It notes that for an emergent Christian conservative movement, memory and related linguistic forms aided in opening nominally secular public spaces to Judeo-Christian constructions of the past. It demonstrates that memory talk helped a newly muscular Christianity reduce history to eschatology.

Keywords: United States; Christian conservative movement; Christian right; memory; linguistic forms; secular public spaces; Judeo-Christian; Christianity

Chapter.  7924 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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