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Voting for God and the GOP: The Role of Evangelical Religion in the Emergence of the Republican South

Daniel K. Williams

in Painting Dixie Red

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036847
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043999 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036847.003.0002
Voting for God and the GOP: The Role of Evangelical Religion in the Emergence of the Republican South

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This chapter examines the critical role that evangelical Christian support has supplied for the Republican Party in the South. It traces such support from the Cold War and 1950s McCarthyism all the way through the 2008 presidential contest pitting Obama-Biden vs. McCain-Palin. The candidacy of Dwight Eisenhower in 1952 is seen as critical in shifting evangelical support from the Democratic to the Republican Party. The roles of Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority, Pat Robertson and the Christian Coalition, the Southern Baptist Convention, and others are explored through the presidential administrations of Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, and Reagan. The chapter concludes that religious conservatism has been at least as important as racial conservatism, perhaps more so, in the making of a Republican South.

Keywords: Religious Right; Republicans; Cold War and McCarthyism; Evangelicalism; Fundamentalism; Women; Family Values

Chapter.  7592 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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