The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America

Time review:

“FitzGerald illuminates how a decades-long relationship between the Christian right and the Republican Party (later joined by the Tea Party) coalesced into what looks like a mutually inextricable bloc.”

Featured in Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

New York Times review:

“FitzGerald’s fair-minded history focuses on the doctrinal and political issues that have concerned white conservative Protestants since they abandoned their traditional separation from the world and merged with the Republican Party.”

Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.

Washington Post review:

“How a movement that began in reaction to New England’s Calvinist establishment shaped American identity in the first decades of the 19th century.”

Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Non-Fiction Books of 2017.

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The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Pulitzer Prize­–winning historian, Frances FitzGerald is “A page turner…We have long needed a fair-minded overview of this vitally important religious sensibility, and FitzGerald has now provided it” according to the New York Times Book Review.

The Christian Science Monitor calls it “Massively learned and electrifying…magisterial.”

Such high praise for this book and the recognition of the historian’s fine work does not stop there. The novel has gone on to achieve many recognitions including:

— Winner of the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award

— National Book Award Finalist

— Time magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book of the Year

— New York Times Notable Book

— Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017

The author tells the tale of the Evangelical movement in America, from the Puritan era to the 2016 presidential election. Evangelicals now constitute twenty-five percent of the American population and have defined this nation in many way from culture to politics.

This movement has had a long and dramatic history and the author enlightens readers of the history of the evangelical movement, which began in the eighteenth centuries. In the nineteenth century, white Evangelicals split apart dramatically but after World War II, Billy Graham attracted enormous crowds and tried to gather all Protestants under his big tent. However, the civil rights movement and the social revolution of the sixties drove them apart yet again.

By the 1980s, the Christian right was formed and the Evangelicals protested abortion, gay rights and stood for other causes.

Eventually, a younger generation of leaders protested that the Christian right’s agendas tied to closely with the American Republican Party and proposed a broader agenda of issues that included climate change, gender equality and immigration reform.

While there is still a large Evangelical population, they are no longer as massively invested in politics.

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