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We’re often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But historian and Princeton professor Kevin M. Kruse reveals this to be an invention—and a relatively new one at that. In the 1950s, President Eisenhower revolutionized the role of religion in American political culture, inventing new traditions from inaugural prayers to the National Prayer Breakfast. Meanwhile, Congress added the phrase “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance and made “In God We Trust” the country’s first official motto. The provocative and authoritative One Nation Under God documents the story of how an unholy alliance of money, religion, and politics created a false origin story that continues to define and divide American politics to this day.
Presented by: Town Hall and Phinney Books, as part of the Civics series.
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Greater Seattle Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
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