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Rough Country: How Texas Became America's Most Powerful Bible-Belt State

Robert Wuthnow


Tracing the intersection of religion, race, and power in Texas from Reconstruction through the rise of the Religious Right and the failed presidential bid of Governor Rick Perry, this book illuminates American history since the Civil War in new ways, demonstrating that Texas's story is also America's. In particular, the book shows how distinctions between “us” and “them” are perpetuated and why they are so often shaped by religion and politics. Early settlers called Texas a rough country. Surviving there necessitated defining evil, fighting it, and building institutions in the hope of advancin ... More

Keywords: religion, race, power, Texas, ethnicity, evangelical Protestants, abortion, same-sex marriage, slavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691159898
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159898.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Wuthnow, author
Princeton University