Summary of Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections)
Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections) by Stephen Prothero. Copyright © 2016 by Stephen Prothero. Published by arrangement with HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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“Culture wars” are almost as old as the American republic. The bitter election of 1800, with the Democratic-Republicans of Thomas Jefferson on the left and John Adams’s Federalists on the right, was only the beginning. In subsequent years, American conservatives and liberals argued about religious discrimination and alcohol long before their contemporary culture wars over abortion, civil rights, feminists and homosexuals. Stephen Prothero, a professor of religion at Boston University, sums it all up. Trivia buffs may find a few small miscues. For instance, most 1920s movies weren’t “talkies.” Nonetheless, Prothero proves highly readable and thought provoking. Voicing a strong historic point of view, he doesn’t let modern political correctness water down his descriptions of past conflicts. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends his overview for its valuable historical context and suggests it to anyone who’s had enough of the culture wars.
In this summary, you will learn
- What “culture wars” Americans have waged against each other since the dawn of the republic,
- What patterns culture wars routinely follow and
- Why conservatives historically lose culture wars.
About the Author
Boston University professor Stephen Prothero also wrote God Is Not One and Religious Literacy.