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Rough CountryHow Texas Became America's Most Powerful Bible-Belt State$
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Robert Wuthnow

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159898

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159898.001.0001

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Power to the People

Power to the People

Framing the Issues, Taking Sides

(p.303) Chapter 9 Power to the People
Rough Country

Robert Wuthnow

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses how religious groups were drawn into the social, political, and cultural conflicts of the 1970s, often reluctantly just as they had been in the 1960s. Only now, however, it was becoming clearer that two sides were taking shape and that what could and could not be said on each side was better understood. On the one hand, groups were organizing around particular social and political issues, energized by the urgency of effecting change in an environment that offered opportunities for empowerment and at the same time created uncertainty about what could be achieved. On the other hand, groups distrustful of those activist organizations were hardly resting quietly on the sidelines. They too were taking advantage of new opportunities, focusing on evangelism, church growth, and inventive ministry styles. While the more politically engaged activist groups made headlines, the broader landscape could not be understood without paying attention to these quieter developments as well.

Keywords:   Texas, race relations, African Americans, civil rights, religious groups, activism

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