This groundbreaking ebook from Pulitzer Prize­–winning historian Frances FitzGerald is the 1st to inform the strong, dramatic tale of the Evangelical move in America—from the Puritan period to the 2016 presidential election.

The evangelical circulate started within the revivals of the eighteenth and 19th centuries, identified in the US because the nice Awakenings. A populist uprising opposed to the demonstrated church buildings, it grew to become the dominant non secular strength within the country.

During the 19th century white evangelicals break up aside dramatically, first North as opposed to South, after which on the finish of the century, modernist as opposed to fundamentalist. After global warfare II, Billy Graham, the revivalist preacher, attracted huge, immense crowds and attempted to assemble all Protestants lower than his substantial tent, however the civil rights stream and the social revolution of the sixties drove them aside back. through the Eighties Jerry Falwell and different southern televangelists, akin to Pat Robertson, had shaped the Christian correct. Protesting abortion and homosexual rights, they led the South into the Republican occasion, and for thirty-five years they have been the only voice of evangelicals to be heard nationally. ultimately a more youthful new release of leaders protested the Christian right’s shut ties with the Republican occasion and proposed a broader schedule of matters, resembling weather switch, gender equality, and immigration reform.

Evangelicals have in lots of methods outlined the country. they've got formed our tradition and our politics. Frances FitGerald’s narrative of this distinctively American move is an important paintings of heritage, piecing jointly the centuries-long tale for the 1st time. Evangelicals now represent twenty-five percentage of the yankee inhabitants, yet they're now not monolithic of their politics. they vary from Tea celebration supporters to social reformers. nonetheless, with the decline of non secular religion typically, FitzGerald means that evangelical church buildings needs to include ethnic minorities in the event that they are to outlive.

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