Download e-book for kindle: A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars by Andrew Hartman

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 non secular struggle occurring for the soul of our country,” his viewers knew what he was once speaking approximately: the tradition wars, which had raged in the course of the past decade and might proceed till the century’s finish, pitting conservative and spiritual american citizens opposed to their liberal, secular fellow voters. It was once an period marked by means of polarization and posturing fueled by way of 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 historical past, their roots lay farther again, within the tumult of the 1960s—and their importance is way more than normally 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 remarkable social alterations of the interval, because the cluster of social norms that had lengthy ruled American lifestyles started to collapse to a brand new openness to diverse rules, identities, and articulations of what it intended to be an American. The hot-button concerns like abortion, affirmative motion, paintings, censorship, feminism, and homosexuality that ruled politics within the interval have been indicators of the bigger fight, as conservative american citizens slowly started to acknowledge—if first and foremost via rejection—many basic modifications of yankee life.


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

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