One Nation Under God

By Kevin M. Kruse,

Book cover of One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

Book description

We're often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But in One Nation Under God , historian Kevin M. Kruse reveals that the belief that America is fundamentally and formally Christian originated in the 1930s.To fight the slavery" of FDR's New Deal, businessmen…

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2 authors picked One Nation Under God as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Knowing our history is so important, and this is one of the best books on the history of Christian nationalism in the United States during the 20th century.

What becomes so clear is the cultural influences on American Christianity including which voices are lifted up, and which ones are ignored or silenced. Let’s just say you won’t ever look at Billy Graham and his work the same way again.

This book offers a historical account of how corporations in the early to mid-twentieth century worked alongside churches to define the religious vision of the United States. What you get is a story of capital investment in the idea of Christian America, as told through culture-makers like Disney, industrial leaders like General Electric, and department stores like Sears. 

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