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The American left won the culture wars, but neoliberalism destroyed the battlefield.


It was much easier for many white middle class Americans to be committed to the collective good – and this might have been signified in their willingness to pay higher taxes – when the collective good as they imagined it was a narrow, white, Christian America.

Historian Andrew Hartman explores the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s as a battleground for ownership of a stake in the American identity, the splintering of the coercive illusion of a white, Christian “normative America,” and explains why values lost value in the neoliberal economic revolution.

Andrew’s new book is A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars.

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Andrew Hartman

Andrew Hartman is associate professor of history at Illinois State University


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