Movement on the right

In 1976 Jerry Falwell got a phone call from Jody Powell, special assistant to Jimmy Carter—a call that launched the Religious Right. Powell asked Falwell to tone down his criticism of Carter’s interview with Playboy magazine. Falwell learned, to his amazement, that a presidential candidate was paying attention to what he said from his pulpit on Sunday morning. The Christian Right in American Politics takes us from that inauguration to the movement’s current, more ubiquitous form. It helps us to understand the shape and trajectory of the Christian Right’s place in state politics, where it has become ensconced during the past decade.


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