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Politics and Religion in the White South$
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Glenn Feldman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123639

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123639.001.0001

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Home and Hearth

Home and Hearth

Women, the Klan, Conservative Religion, and Traditional Family Values

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Politics and Religion in the White South

Glenn Feldman

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines women, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), and traditional family values and conservative religion in the American South. It discusses the tendency of many Catholics in the region to allow the abortion question to serve as the Eclipse Issue, which is capable of compelling allegiance of the Republican Party on a whole array of economic issues. It also highlights the emergence of the so-called new racism which involves the replacement of overt racist appeals by religious and moral judgmentalism as the primary emotional issue that can move masses of Southern whites to vote for economically elitist policies.

Keywords:   women, Ku Klux Klan, family values, conservative religion, American South, Catholics, Eclipse Issue, Republican Party, racism, moral judgmentalism

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