The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America

Finalist, National Book Awards 2017 for Nonfiction

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America, by Frances FitzGerald book cover
ISBN 9781439131336
Simon & Schuster
Frances FitzGerald author photo, credit: Frances F. Denny
Frances FitzGerald

Frances FitzGerald is a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bancroft Prize, among others. She is the author of Fire in the Lake, America RevisedCities on a HillWay Out There in the Blue, and Vietnam: Spirits of the Earth. She has written for The New YorkerThe AtlanticHarper’s, The New York Review of BooksThe NationRolling Stone, and Esquire. More about this author >

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This groundbreaking book from Pulitzer Prize­–winning historian Frances FitzGerald is the first to tell the powerful, dramatic story of the Evangelical movement in America—from the Puritan era to the 2016 presidential election.

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What FitzGerald has given us with this book is a lens through which to see the invisible thread that runs across American history. This invisible thread is the story of the evangelicals, and it runs south to north, east to west, across slavery and abolitionism, across the women’s rights movements, across labor laws and the labor movement, and all the way into our present and future cultural wars around immigration, the economy, and the environment. And, thanks to The Evangelicals we realize this thread is not invisible at all but is so evident we often fail to see it.