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Kevin Kruse

One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America

Interview with Kevin Kruse

August 2, 2016

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Interview Summary

Faith-based conflicts in America have been going on for decades, but the idea that the U.S. government endorses God, and more specifically the Christian religion, is not as old as most of us might think.

President Roosevelt set off a chain of events in motion after he launched the New Deal and promoted the godless government. Corporate America was quick to align with the clergymen and ministers, which subsequently led to a series of events culminating in several widely accepted practices, including the introduction of the motto “In God We Trust” and its appearance on the U.S. dollar bill.

Since the 1950s, all presidents have embraced the religious and spiritual redemption – whether to to unite or divide the American public. 

Key Topics

  • What is the history of faith-based conflicts in the U.S.?
  • How were all symbols of public piety put in place in the 1950s?
  • How was “In God We Trust” chosen to be quoted on the U.S. dollar bill?
  • Why does the President host a National Prayer Breakfast on the first Thursday of February?
  • Why did corporate America enlist ministers and oppose to the New Deal launched by President Roosevelt?
  • What was the purpose of James Fifield's Spiritual Mobilization?
  • What roles did Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan and Obama play in keeping the symbols of public piety?

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