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Religion and the American Presidency
Author: Gaston Espinosa

ISBN: 9780231143332
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 9 April 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.8
Beginning with George Washington and ending with George W Bush, Gast??n Espinosa explores the influence of religion on the American presidency, especially with regard to the formation of domestic and foreign policy. The fine line between allowing and endorsing religious expression has always been problematic for the president. From John Adams, whose supporters accused Thomas Jefferson of being an atheist and an infidel, to Carter and Reagan, who were both very vocal about their faith, American presidents have had to make a place for their religion, or lack thereof, somewhere between the poles of church and state. Focusing on the religious upbringing and political careers of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and George H. W. and George W. Bush, this volume demonstrates how presidents of all parties have injected or invoked religion in their policies. Contributors are experts in their chosen presidents, and they build their history from a wealth of primary-source materials (speeches, letters, proclamations, and other documents). Espinosa adds photos and two primary-source speeches/autobiographical...

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