Religion and the American Presidency
George Washington to George W. Bush with Commentary and Primary Sources
Edited by Gaston Espinosa
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Religion and the American Presidency by Gaston Espinosa
Book DescriptionThis book challenges the idea that the mixing of religion and presidential politics is a new phenomenon. It explores how presidents have drawn on their religious upbringing, rhetoric, ideas, and beliefs to promote their domestic and foreign policies to the nation. This influence is evident in Washington's decision to add "so help me God" to the presidential oath, accusations by Adam's supporters that Jefferson was an infidel, Lincoln's biblical metaphors during the Civil War, and FDR's call to fight against Nazi totalitarianism on behalf of Judeo-Christian civilization. It is also apparent in Truman's support for Israel, Eisenhower's Cold War decision to add "In God We Trust" on American currency, the debate over JFK's Catholicism, Jimmy Carter's born-again Christianity, Reagan's "Evil Empire" speech, Clinton's public repentance, and George W. Bush's "crusade" against Islamic terrorists. This volume explores these issues of religion and power in the presidencies of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush through scholarly interpretations, primary sources, and illustrations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231143332
(235mm x 155mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 24-Apr-2009
Country of Publication: United States
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Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States, Hardback (April 2005)» View all books by Gaston Espinosa
Presents sixteen essays addressing important issues, personalities, and movements in Latino religions in America. This book aims to overthrow the longstanding stereotype that Latinos are politically passive and that their churches have supported the status quo, failing to engage in or support that struggle for civil rights and social justice.
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Author Biography - Gaston Espinosa
Gast n Espinosa is associate professor of religious studies at Claremont McKenna College. His books include Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States and Mexican American Religions: Spirituality, Activism, and Culture. He is the editor of the Columbia University Press Series on Religion and Politics.
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