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Matthew Avery Sutton
Washington State University (Pullman, WA 99164-0001)

Fellowships for University Teachers
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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2011 – 5/31/2012

American Evangelicals and the Politics of Apocalypse

This project examines the relationships among American religion, race, politics, and culture in the twentieth century by focusing on the rise and evolution of American evangelicalism. It is significant for the following reasons. First, it takes seriously the global contexts (including Zionism, communism, economic depression, Fascism, world wars and Cold War) that shaped the movement. Second, it juxtaposes the narratives of black and white evangelicals demonstrating how many African American conservative Christians, who embraced the same apocalyptic theology as their white counterparts, developed a fundamentally different understanding of the relationships among religion, international events, and politics. Finally, it forces us to rethink the political nature of American evangelicalism. Well before the start of the Civil Rights movement, white and black evangelicals had developed deep and conflicting views of New Deal liberalism and the proper role of the federal government.