Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The New England Watch and Ward Society$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

P. C. Kemeny

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190844394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190844394.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 19 July 2019

Epilogue

Epilogue

Chapter:
(p.297) 9 Epilogue
Source:
The New England Watch and Ward Society
Author(s):

P. C. Kemeny

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190844394.003.0009

The history of the Watch and Ward Society following the controversies of the 1920s and 1930s is briefly reviewed. The strategies and tactics employed by the Watch and Ward Society help us better understand why mainline Protestantism’s efforts to impose a common civic morality upon American culture eventually failed. The collapse of its activities in the 1930s signaled the beginning of the end of Protestant cultural hegemony in the United States. The epilogue concludes with a brief discussion of the role of religion and participatory pluralism in American culture. The demise of the Watch and Ward Society teaches today’s culture warriors—on the right and on the left—that coercive methods employed by the critics of the moral reform movement may often ultimately fail to achieve the sort of cultural consensus that can serve the common good.

Keywords:   Protestant cultural hegemony, mainline Protestantism, New England Watch and Ward Society, censorship, participatory pluralism

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .