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A Peaceful ConquestWoodrow Wilson, Religion, and the New World Order$
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Cara Lea Burnidge

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226232317

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226232454.001.0001

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Christianization of America in the World

Christianization of America in the World

(p.31) 2 Christianization of America in the World
A Peaceful Conquest

Cara Lea Burnidge

University of Chicago Press

This chapter turns to the 1912 presidential campaign as a reflection of the informal white Protestant moral establishment of the early twentieth century. From journalists to theologians, members of the American public attempted to locate a line between Wilson's religion and his politics. These kinds of assessments, from the early twentieth century and well beyond it, form competing representations of Wilson, many of which present religion and politics as predetermined settings in American culture. Each description, however, demonstrates how Eleanor, Wilson, and American voters actively constructed these cultural concepts. That they so frequently disagreed points to one of the most notable aspects of American culture in the early twentieth century: American Protestants openly sought to redefine the proper boundaries of social life through state-based reform.

Keywords:   Woodrow Wilson, 1912 presidential campaign, white Protestant, moral establishment, American Protestant, state-based reform

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