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Resisting Reagan: The U.S. Central America Peace Movement
A comprehensive analysis of the U.S. Central America peace movement, Resisting Reagan explains why more than one hundred thousand U.S. citizens marched in the streets, illegally housed refugees, traveled to Central American war zones, committed civil disobedience, and hounded their political representatives to contest the Reagan administration's policy of sponsoring wars i ...more
Paperback, 484 pages
Published June 15th 1996 by University of Chicago Press
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The sociologist Christian Smith is well known for coining the term "moralistic therapeutic deism" to describe the beliefs of American teenagers. Initially, though, he focused his research on social movements in Latin America. In this book he examines three loosely related movements – Sanctuary, Witness for Peace, and the Pledge of Resistance – all active in the 1980s, each working towards peace in Central America. What motivated a bunch of U.S. Christians to "resist Reagan"? What were they actua ...more
Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. Smith's research focuses primarily on religion in modernity, adolescents, American evangelicalism, and culture.