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Religion and American PoliticsFrom the Colonial Period to the Present$
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Mark A. Noll and Luke E. Harlow

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195317145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195317145.001.0001

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Viewed in Black and White: Conservative Protestantism, Racial Issues, and Oppositional Politics

Viewed in Black and White: Conservative Protestantism, Racial Issues, and Oppositional Politics

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(p.326) (p.327) 14 Viewed in Black and White: Conservative Protestantism, Racial Issues, and Oppositional Politics
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Religion and American Politics
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Michael O. Emerson

J. Russell Hawkins

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195317145.003.0015

This chapter provides some background to the striking differences between black and white conservative Protestants. Among the major religious segments in American public life, no two are closer together in doctrinal and ethical beliefs than black Protestants and white evangelicals—and no two are further apart in voting behavior and political attitudes. This chapter explains why, providing an overview of conservative Protestant racial views and the cultural tools argument. It finds that the cultural tools of black and white conservative Protestants not only affect political attitudes, but have exerted an even stronger influence on political preferences and voting behaviors in elections in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Keywords:   conservative Protestants, American religion, white evangelicals, voting behavior

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