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The Rise and Fall of the Religious Left: Politics, Television, and Popular Culture in the 1970s and Beyond

April 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

L. Benjamin Rolsky, Monmouth University, “The Rise and Fall of the Religious Left: Politics, Television, and Popular Culture in the 1970s and Beyond”

For decades, Americans have believed that their country is deeply divided by “culture wars” waged between religious conservatives and secular liberals. In most instances, Protestant conservatives have been cast as the instigators of such warfare, while religious liberals have been largely ignored. In this book, L. Benjamin Rolsky examines the ways in which American liberalism has helped shape cultural conflict since the 1970s through the story of how television writer and producer Norman Lear galvanized the religious left into action.

Free and open to the public.
Presented by Temple University’s Feinstein Center for American Jewish History.