By Mark A. Noll

Religion has been a strong political strength all through American background. whilst race enters the combination the implications were a few of our best triumphs as a nation--and a few of our such a lot shameful mess ups. during this very important publication, Mark Noll, probably the most influential historians of yankee faith writing at the present time, strains the explosive political results of the spiritual intermingling with race.

Noll demonstrates how supporters and rivals of slavery and segregation drew both at the Bible to justify the morality in their positions. He indicates how a typical evangelical history supported Jim Crow discrimination and contributed powerfully to the black theology of liberation preached via Martin Luther King Jr. In probing such connections, Noll takes readers from the 1830 slave rebellion of Nat Turner via Reconstruction and the lengthy Jim Crow period, from the civil rights flow of the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties to "values" vote casting in fresh presidential elections. He argues that the best adjustments in American political heritage, from the Civil battle throughout the civil rights revolution and past, represent an interconnected narrative within which opposing appeals to Biblical fact gave upward thrust to often-contradictory non secular and ethical complexities. And he exhibits how this historical past continues to be alive at the present time in controversies surrounding stem-cell examine and abortion in addition to civil rights reform.

God and Race in American Politics is a wide ranging heritage that unearths the profound function of faith in American political historical past and in American discourse on race and social justice.

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