A City Upon a Hill: Tracking American Conservative Christian Political Involvement from Separatist Fundamentalism to the United Nations

By: Katherine Woodard

April 28, 2022

Spring 2022 Student Symposium: REWA Minors

My project broadly tracks evangelical political involvement through the late 1970s and 1980s in the United States. I identify three phases of increasing involvement: the first phase is marked by calls from within the fundamentalist Protestant community for conservative Christians to become more politically active. The second phase begins with the establishment of organizations such as the Moral Majority, which sought to mobilize their religious voter base over issues such as private school integration, the threat of communism, and abortion. The third phase is coterminous with Ronald Reagan’s second term as president, in which conservative Christian political organizations sought to expand their influence in the United States’ foreign policy sphere. My poster focuses exclusively on a subset of the third phase, highlighting shifts in the United States' stance on United Nations family planning initiatives during the United Nations Decade for Women.


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