The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Frances FitzGerald

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Read The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America Online Free - “A page turner…We have long needed a fair-minded overview of this vitally important religious sensibility, and FitzGerald has now provided it.” —The New York Times Book Review

“FitzGerald’s brilliant book could not have been more timely, more well-researched, more well-written, or more necessary.” —The American Scholar

This groundbreaking book from Pulitzer Prize­–winning historian Frances FitzGerald is the first to tell the powerful, dramatic story of the Evangelical movement in America—from the Puritan era to the 2016 presidential election.

The evangelical movement began in the revivals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, known in America as the Great Awakenings. A populist rebellion against the established churches, it became the dominant religious force in the country.

During the nineteenth century white evangelicals split apart dramatically, first North versus South, and then at the end of the century, modernist versus fundamentalist. After World War II, Billy Graham, the revivalist preacher, attracted enormous crowds and tried to gather all Protestants under his big tent, but the civil rights movement and the social revolution of the sixties drove them apart again. By the 1980s Jerry Falwell and other southern televangelists, such as Pat Robertson, had formed the Christian right. Protesting abortion and gay rights, they led the South into the Republican Party, and for thirty-five years they were the sole voice of evangelicals to be heard nationally. Eventually a younger generation of leaders protested the Christian right’s close ties with the Republican Party and proposed a broader agenda of issues, such as climate change, gender equality, and immigration reform.

Evangelicals have in many ways defined the nation. They have shaped our culture and our politics. Frances FitzGerald’s narrative of this distinctively American movement is a major work of history, piecing together the centuries-long story for the first time. Evangelicals now constitute twenty-five percent of the American population, but they are no longer monolithic in their politics. They range from Tea Party supporters to social reformers. Still, with the decline of religious faith generally, FitzGerald suggests that evangelical churches must embrace ethnic minorities if they are to survive.

Title : The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
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ISBN : 1439131333
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 752 pages


Michael rated it ★★★★★

January 16, 2018

This book is an extraordinary history and analysis of the Evangelist movement since the Great Awakenings of the 18th and 19th centuries up to the Christian Right of today’s American political landscape. In 2017, I read Joel Green's Devil's Bargain to understand how Bannon and Breitbart used propag...

Austin rated it ★★★★☆

May 01, 2017

Finally I made myself take on a book that I didn't expect to enjoy (I am challenging myself to read 5, so had to get into it). And I took it on by the horns, in the topic I find perhaps the most obnoxious and perplexing in alternation: American Evangelicalism. This movement, or philosophy, is her...

Steve rated it ★★★★★

June 23, 2017

Evangelical reviewer here. A riveting overview of the major ideas and figures in Evangelical history from 1740 to present. The author is not an evangelical, but gives a comprehensive and factually accurate description of us, the good and the bad. A couple criticisms. First, the latter half of the...

Sher rated it ★★★★★

November 15, 2017

It was a pleasure to read and discuss this book with three reformed Evangelicals, a current Evangelical, and myself who probably identifies as a pseudo -Christian ? Buddhist. Without a doubt this is the best book I have read in 2017, because it answered so many questions I had about what defines...

Marks54 rated it ★★★★★

November 16, 2017

There are some authors for whom I will move their new works to the top of my queue because I know it will be worth it. Margaret Atwood comes to mind. Frances FitzGerald wrote a wonderful book in 1972 on the Vietnam War - Fire in the Lake. When I heard that she had written a book on US Evangelical...

Mehrsa rated it ★★★★★

December 14, 2017

This was so well done. It's a thoughtful, precise, and careful history of the evangelical movement. I was trying to decipher the author's own views the entire time and could never get a good handle on it--a mark of an excellent history. As to the content, it's just so fascinating to follow the ar...

Michael rated it ★★★★★

August 05, 2017

I was familiar with the bulk of what is covered in this new book. But I give it props for being a thoroughly researched, balanced treatment of the subject. The writing is also quite fluid for a subject that could easily be a textbook instead. Back in the 70's, I recall author and evangelist Franci...

Ethan rated it ★★★☆☆

July 08, 2017

A history of the Evangelical movement perhaps better subtitled, "The Story of Why Evangelicals Vote the Way They Do," aka the only reason secularists tend to care about Evangelical Christianity. The author is well researched and does about as well as a person can in attempting to maintain a secula...

Mary Ronan rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 18, 2017

American Evangelicals. The Great Awakening, tent revivals, Holy Rollers, slave preachers, millennialists, Southern Baptists, Pentecostals. Dwight Moody, Oral Roberts, Father Divine, Aimee Semple McPherson, Bob Jones, Billy Graham, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Billy Sunday, Peter Marshall, Sweet Dad...

Alex rated it ★★★☆☆

October 26, 2017

I have yet to read a Simon and Schuster book with as many grammatical errors as there are in Evangelicals. As other reviewers pointed out, it seems that the book's release was rushed after Trump's 2016 victory. At over 600 pages, this book could have easily been cut down by half. Although Alec Ry...

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