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Almost 60 years after Gunnar Myrdal argued that America's distinctive moral consciousness might prove "the salvation of mankind," Morone finds that same characteristic at least as likely to legitimate invidious discrimination as to inspire utopian strivings. As he probes the sermonizing style of moral politics that has so profoundly shaped America, Morone highlights two contrasting impulses: a Victorian censoriousness and a Social Gospel communalism. The narrative first traces the Victorian impulse--arising from Puritan fears of witchcraft and debauchery--as it inspires the fervor of nineteenth-century abolitionists and twentieth-century prohibitionists. Later, readers witness the emergence of a long nascent Social Gospel--springing from Puritan pledges of mutual love--as it stirs the visionary hopes behind the New Deal and the civil rights movement. Though a partisan of Social Gospel politics and a critic of Victorian conservatism, Morone illuminates the complexities in both impulses. Readers trying to peer into the nation's post-9/11 moral future will thank Morone for clarifying the path along which righteous fervor has already impelled us. Bryce Christensen
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How horrifying to be reminded of our own religion-based rage. Not just intolerance for vice, but a rage not that far from ISIS.Published 7 months ago by Minnesotan
If you want to see the power of religion in politics in America from the very beginning read this book.Published 12 months ago by David E. Erickson
James Morone's "Hellfire Nation" is revisionist history in the best sense of the word. He is not out to say that previous histories have been misguided but that there is another,... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Harry Eagar
James Morone traces the history of morality politics from the early colonial period to the present in this fascinating, lively book. Morone is a serious scholar on holiday here. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Elizabeth T. Smith
Just starting out - interesting but language taking a little getting used to at this early stage of my reading.Published on August 17, 2013 by steve konetschka
Many people over the years have written about the influence of the Puritans. None of them, however, have drawn such a direct link from that influence to the way U.S. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Gregory J. Jemsek, author
The books shipped to me by Goodwill beat my expectations every time. I wish all my book purchases were faster and better than promised, like Goodwill has done. Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by jniz
I had a difficult time putting this book down for it is revelant to our current political climate. Two of my close friends have ordered this book after browsing through my copy. Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by Shele
I am a 50 year old German, who lived in the Southern United States from 1980 to 1990. Is has always intrigued me, why religion plays such a prominent role is the USA, while it... Read morePublished on June 25, 2006 by PST