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God's Own PartyThe Making of the Christian Right$
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Daniel Williams

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340846.001.0001

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The Grassroots Campaign to Save the Family

The Grassroots Campaign to Save the Family

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(p.105) Six The Grassroots Campaign to Save the Family
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God's Own Party
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Daniel K. Williams (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340846.003.0006

Even without encouragement from Republican politicians, Christian activists in the mid-1970s launched campaigns against cultural liberalism, uniting evangelicals with conservative Catholics and reshaping the Republican Party. In the early 1970s, Phyllis Schlafly, a Catholic, led evangelical women in a successful campaign against the Equal Rights Amendment. Evangelicals’ opposition to feminism and the sexual revolution also prompted them to join Catholics in speaking out against abortion. During the presidential election of 1976, cultural conservatives forced Gerald Ford to move to the right on abortion and challenged Jimmy Carter after his controversial interview with Playboy. Though an organized Religious Right had not yet developed, evangelicals were discovering their power to influence national politics.

Keywords:   abortion, Catholic, election of 1976, Equal Rights Amendment, feminism, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Phyllis Schlafly, sexual revolution

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