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Home and Hearth

Glenn Feldman

in Politics and Religion in the White South

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123639
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134758 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813123639.003.0004
Home and Hearth

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This chapter examines women, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), and traditional family values and conservative religion in the American South. It discusses the tendency of many Catholics in the region to allow the abortion question to serve as the Eclipse Issue, which is capable of compelling allegiance of the Republican Party on a whole array of economic issues. It also highlights the emergence of the so-called new racism which involves the replacement of overt racist appeals by religious and moral judgmentalism as the primary emotional issue that can move masses of Southern whites to vote for economically elitist policies.

Keywords: women; Ku Klux Klan; family values; conservative religion; American South; Catholics; Eclipse Issue; Republican Party; racism; moral judgmentalism

Chapter.  20383 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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