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Red State ReligionFaith and Politics in America's Heartland$
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Robert Wuthnow

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691150550

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691150550.001.0001

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An Evolving Political Style

An Evolving Political Style

(p.67) Chapter 2 An Evolving Political Style
Red State Religion

Robert Wuthnow

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how competition between Methodists and Catholics reinforced a moderately conservative civic ethos across Kansas during the 1880s and 1890s. Whatever their disagreements might be, Methodists and Catholics alike had a stake in promoting what they regarded as good citizenship. Congregations brought people together, creating what later scholars would call social capital, helping them to make friends, conduct business, and care for the needy. The chapter first provides an overview of how the Republican Party dominated local and state politics in Kansas before discussing Populism and religious politics in the state. It then considers the position of Populists and church members regarding inequality, the emergence of a Republican faction known as “antiboss” Republicans, and the rise of a grassroots movement for law and order. It also explores the debate over the issue of education in Kansas.

Keywords:   education, Methodists, Catholics, Kansas, good citizenship, Republican Party, politics, Populism, antiboss Republicans, inequality

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