One Nation, Divisible How Regional Religious Differences Shape American Politics

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2008-06-27
Publisher(s): Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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From the evangelical South to Catholic New England to the 'unchurched' Pacific Northwest, regional religious differences have a dramatic impact on public life not only in the regions themselves but also in the United States as a whole. As the interplay between religion and politics continues to dominate public discussion, understanding regional similarities and differences is key to understanding the debate around such national issues as health care, immigration, and the environment. For the first time, One Nation, Divisible shows how geographical religious diversity has shaped public culture in eight distinctive regions of the country and how regional differences influence national politics. Examining each region in turn, Mark Silk and Andrew Walsh provide historical context, stories that reveal the current cultural dynamics, and analyses of current politics to create rounded portraits of each region. They then present a compelling new account of the evolution of national religious politics since World War II. In doing so, they suggest that the regional religious forces that have fueled recent culture wars may be giving way to a less confrontational style rooted in different regional realities.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Religion by Regionp. 1
The Middle Atlantic: Fount of Diversityp. 15
New England: Steady Habits, Changing Slowlyp. 41
The South: In the Evangelical Modep. 63
The Southern Crossroads: Showdown Statesp. 85
The Pacific: Fluid Identitiesp. 109
The Pacific Northwest: The "None" Zonep. 135
The Mountain West: Sacred Landscapes in Tensionp. 157
The Midwest: The Common Denominator?p. 181
Retelling the National Storyp. 205
Appendixp. 229
Notesp. 231
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 247
About the Authorsp. 269
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