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By Andrew Hartman

ISBN-10: 022625450X

ISBN-13: 9780226254500

ISBN-10: 022637923X

ISBN-13: 9780226379234

When Patrick Buchanan took the degree on the Republican nationwide conference in 1992 and proclaimed, “There is a spiritual conflict happening for the soul of our country,” his viewers knew what he used to be speaking approximately: the tradition wars, which had raged through the past decade and may proceed till the century’s finish, pitting conservative and non secular american citizens opposed to their liberal, secular fellow electorate. It used to be an period marked through polarization and posturing fueled via deep-rooted anger and insecurity.


Buchanan’s fiery speech marked a excessive aspect within the tradition wars, yet as Andrew Hartman exhibits during this richly analytical heritage, their roots lay farther again, within the tumult of the 1960s—and their value is far more than as a rule assumed. way over a trifling sideshow or shouting fit, the tradition wars, Hartman argues, have been the very public face of America’s fight over the unheard of social alterations of the interval, because the cluster of social norms that had lengthy ruled American existence started to collapse to a brand new openness to various rules, identities, and articulations of what it intended to be an American. The hot-button matters like abortion, affirmative motion, paintings, censorship, feminism, and homosexuality that ruled politics within the interval have been signs of the bigger fight, as conservative american citizens slowly started to acknowledge—if before everything via rejection—many basic adjustments of yank life.


As an ever-more partisan but in addition an ever-more different and accepting the United States maintains to discover its means in a altering international, A battle for the Soul of America reminds us of the way we came, and what the entire shouting has quite been about.

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