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By Mark A. Noll

Religion has been a robust political strength all through American background. whilst race enters the combination the consequences 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 e-book, Mark Noll, the most influential historians of yank faith writing this day, lines the explosive political results of the non secular intermingling with race.

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

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

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