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God-Fearing and Free

A Spiritual History of America's Cold War

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$50.00 • £40.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674055551

Publication Date: 11/15/2010


448 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


  • Prologue
  • Introduction: Going beyond Modernism from World War I to the Cold War
  • I. How a Theologian Served the Opinion Elite, and How an Evangelist Startled Them
    • 1. Christianity, Reason, and the National Character
    • 2. Origins of an Ailing Polemic
  • II. Narratives of Blindness and Insight in an Era of Confession
    • 3. Guilt of the Thirties, Penitence of the Fifties
    • 4. McCarthyism through Sentimental Melodrama and Film Noir
  • III. Cold War Cultural Politics and the Varieties of Religious Experience
    • 5. The Mass Culture Critique’s Implications for American Religion
    • 6. Jeremiads on the American Arcade and Its Consumption Ethic
  • IV. Versions of Inwardness in Cold War Psychology and the Neo-Gothic
    • 7. Controversies over Therapeutic Religion
    • 8. Locating the Enigma of Shirley Jackson
  • V. The Styles of Prophecy
    • 9. Voices of Reform, Radicalism, and Conservative Dissent
    • 10. James Baldwin and the Wages of Innocence
  • Epilogue: Putting an End to Ending Our Innocence
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2011 Ray and Pat Browne Award for Best Reference/Primary Source Work, Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association
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