A war for the soul of America : a history of the culture by Andrew Hartman

By Andrew Hartman

When Patrick Buchanan took the level on the Republican nationwide conference in 1992 and proclaimed, “There is a non secular conflict occurring 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 may proceed till the century’s finish, pitting conservative and non secular american citizens opposed to their liberal, secular fellow voters. It used to be an period marked via polarization and posturing fueled through deep-rooted anger and insecurity.
Buchanan’s fiery speech marked a excessive element within the tradition wars, yet as Andrew Hartman exhibits during this richly analytical background, their roots lay farther again, within the tumult of the 1960s—and their value is far more than usually assumed. excess of a trifling sideshow or shouting fit, the tradition wars, Hartman argues, have been the very public face of America’s fight over the exceptional social alterations of the interval, because the cluster of social norms that had lengthy ruled American lifestyles started to cave in to a brand new openness to varied rules, identities, and articulations of what it intended to be an American. The hot-button concerns like abortion, affirmative motion, artwork, censorship, feminism, and homosexuality that ruled politics within the interval have been indicators of the bigger fight, as conservative americans slowly started to acknowledge—if at the beginning via rejection—many primary changes of yankee life.
As an ever-more partisan but in addition an ever-more different and accepting the United States keeps to discover its manner in a altering international, A conflict for the Soul of America reminds us of the way we came, and what the entire shouting has rather been about.

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