Rough country : how Texas became America's most powerful Bible-belt state / Robert Wuthnow.
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|Subject:||Texas > Church history.
Texas -- Church history.
- ISBN: 9781400852116
- ISBN: 1400852110
- Physical Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
- Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2014.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| In rough country: bringing order to the new frontier -- For the advance of civilization: institution building and moral character -- With liberty of conscience: defining the separation of church and state -- The fundamentalist belt: coming to terms with science -- From Judge Lynch to Jim Crow: celebrating limited inclusion -- A load too heavy: religion and the debate over government relief -- Moving onto the national stage: everything is big -- Meanest, dirtiest, low-down stuff: the politics of tumult -- Power to the people: framing the issues, taking sides -- God can save us: the campaign for a moral America -- In a compassionate way: connecting faith and politics -- An independent lot: religion and grassroots activism -- Afterword: Religion and the politics of identity.
|Summary:|| Tracing the intersection of religion, race, and power in Texas from Reconstruction through the rise of the Religious Right and the failed presidential bid of Governor Rick Perry, Rough Country illuminates American history since the Civil War in new ways, demonstrating that Texas's story is also America's. In particular, Robert Wuthnow shows how distinctions between "us" and "them" are perpetuated and why they are so often shaped by religion and politics. Early settlers called Texas a rough country. Surviving there necessitated defining evil, fighting it, and building institutions in the hope of advancing civilization.
|Source of Description Note:|| Print version record.