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Download e-book for iPad: 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 spiritual warfare happening for the soul of our country,” his viewers knew what he used to be conversing approximately: the tradition wars, which had raged through the earlier decade and might proceed until eventually the century’s finish, pitting conservative and spiritual american citizens opposed to their liberal, secular fellow voters. It used to be 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 indicates during this richly analytical historical past, their roots lay farther again, within the tumult of the 1960s—and their importance is far more than in general assumed. way over an insignificant sideshow or shouting fit, the tradition wars, Hartman argues, have been the very public face of America’s fight over the extraordinary social alterations of the interval, because the cluster of social norms that had lengthy ruled American lifestyles started to fall down to a brand new openness to diverse principles, 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 signs of the bigger fight, as conservative american citizens slowly started to acknowledge—if before everything via rejection—many basic modifications of yankee life.

 

As an ever-more partisan but additionally an ever-more diversified and accepting the USA keeps to discover its approach in a altering global, A warfare for the Soul of America reminds us of ways we came, and what all of the shouting has rather been about.

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