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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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The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Woodrow Wilson

The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Woodrow Wilson

(p.127) 6 The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Woodrow Wilson
A Peaceful Conquest

Cara Lea Burnidge

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the rejection of Wilson's internationalism, his death, and the legacy of Wilsonianism. Channeling their “modernist impulse,” the white liberal Protestants who faithfully supported Wilson rallied behind the symbol of the fallen president to renarrate their national and international hopes. Political leaders who served in the Wilson administration turned public discourse toward a new postwar Americanism that looked beyond the nation's borders and valued religion generally. Wilson's internationalism received a makeover that reformulated Wilson's Presbyterianism as “Judeo-Christian” to reflect the new “trifaith” consensus in American culture. Wilsonians forged new alliances with Catholics and Jews to challenge the new normalcy of white evangelicalism in the 1920s and 1930s. Their efforts to redefine Wilson's vision for a new age had less to do with providing a clearer perspective on the Great War than negotiating the current state of religious difference in the United States.

Keywords:   Woodrow Wilson, internationalism, Wilsonianism, postwar Americanism, religion, white evangelicalism

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