The best books about the Christian right

Frances FitzGerald Author Of The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
By Frances FitzGerald

The Books I Picked & Why

Listen America!

By Jerry Falwell

Listen America!

Why this book?

Falwell was the first in US history to attempt to organize white evangelicals into a voting group, and this is his manifesto. It’s a must-read because he introduces all the themes of the movement ever since.


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The Book of Jerry Falwell: Fundamentalist Language and Politics

By Susan Friend Harding

The Book of Jerry Falwell: Fundamentalist Language and Politics

Why this book?

An analysis of Falwell’s theological rhetoric and the changes he made in it to persuade fundamentalists and other evangelicals to go into politics that most had considered taboo. A fascinating book by a great anthropologist.


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Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right

By Lisa McGirr

Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right

Why this book?

A marvelous account of how the Christian right came to power in Orange County, California, one of their first victories. McGirr, who lives in Orange County, is also a scholar from Princeton.


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The South and the North in American Religion

By Samuel S. Hill

The South and the North in American Religion

Why this book?

Strangely, very few books about the Christian right explain the differences between southern and northern evangelicals. Hill’s book is an eye-opener. It links theology directly to politics. A historian, Hill is a wonderful writer.


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God's Last and Only Hope: The Fragmentation of the Southern Baptist Convention

By Bill J. Leonard

God's Last and Only Hope: The Fragmentation of the Southern Baptist Convention

Why this book?

A liberal Southern Baptist, Leonard describes the fundamentalist takeover of the largest Protestant denomination. The take over accompanied the South’s transformation into a Republican stronghold and made the Christian right a serious force in American politics. Leonard is one of the best-known historians of the Convention and of contemporary religion in the South.


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