Moral Majority

Moral Majority, U.S. political action group composed of conservative, fundamentalist Christians. Founded (1979) and led (1979–87) by evangelist Rev. Jerry Falwell, the group played a significant role in the 1980 elections through its strong support of conservative candidates. It lobbied for prayer and the teaching of creationism in public schools, while opposing the Equal Rights Amendment (see feminism), homosexual rights, abortion, and the U.S.-Soviet SALT treaties (see disarmament, nuclear). The Moral Majority was dissolved in 1989.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Continuity and Change in the Rhetoric of the Moral Majority
David Snowball.
Praeger Publishers, 1991
The God Pumpers: Religion in the Electronic Age
Marshall Fishwick; Ray B. Browne.
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Why Jerry Falwell Killed the Moral Majority" begins on p. 101
The American Moralist: On Law, Ethics, and Government
George Anastaplo.
Ohio University Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 22 "The Moral Majority: The New Abolitionists?"
Conservative Protestant Politics
Steve Bruce.
Oxford University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of the Moral Majority begins on p. 149
Onward Christian Soldiers? The Religious Right in American Politics
Clyde Wilcox.
Westview Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of the Moral Majority begins on p. 36
The Role of Religious Organizations in Social Movements
Barbara M. Yarnold.
Praeger Publishers, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "The Role of Religious Organizations in Evangelical Political Activity: The Moral Majority and Evangelicals for Social Action"
From the Moral Majority to Tinky Winky
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Church & State, Vol. 53, No. 5, May 2000
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