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Published: 08 July 1999

368 Pages | 20 halftones

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

ISBN: 9780195129076

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Revive Us Again

The Reawakening of American Fundamentalism

Joel A. Carpenter

Publicly humiliated by the Scopes "monkey trial" of 1925, fundamentalism in America seemed extinct by the end of the 1920s--and then all but invisible to the mainstream until evangelists like Billy Graham gave new life to the movement in the popular revivals of the 1940s and '50s. Here, Joel A. Carpenter illuminates these hidden years in the fundamentalist movement's history, and in doing so provides answers to the riddle of its survival. Blending painstaking research, telling anecdotes, and astute analysis, Carpenter brings this era into focus for the first time ever. He shows that, contrary to the popular opinion of the day, fundamentalism was alive and well in America in the late 1920s, and used its isolation over the next 20 years to build new strength from within. Taking a reasoned, objective approach to a topic frequently reduced to caricature, Revive Us Again gives us a fresh look at the continuing influence of American fundamentalism--an influence still evident in today's newspapers and cable TV newscasts.

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