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Prodigal NationMoral Decline and Divine Punishment from New England to 9/11$
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Andrew R. Murphy

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195321289

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321289.001.0001

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The Jeremiad and the Culture Wars

The Jeremiad and the Culture Wars

(p.142) Seven The Jeremiad and the Culture Wars
Prodigal Nation

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In his noted book Culture Wars, James Davison Hunter referred to a series of linked disputes in late 20th‐century American society, disputes that involve government but are at their root about fundamentally conflicting moral worldviews. This chapter explores the role played by the jeremiad in the American culture wars. It opens by considering two participants in these culture wars—Pat Buchanan and Bill Moyers—and then moves on to a consideration of the ways that cultural politics provide compelling plots for American Jeremiahs to organize their narratives of decline and renewal.

Keywords:   Culture Wars, James Davison Hunter, progressive, traditionalist, jeremiad, American jeremiad, Pat Buchanan, Bill Moyers

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