Required Reading

N.b. This is a page-in-progress. Do you have suggestions for books and articles that will help all of us understand educational culture wars in America? Send ‘em in:

As it stands, this list reflects the interests of your humble editor. Most of the reading leans toward academic history. What else is out there? What must we read?



In no particular order…

Section I: Culture Wars

Andrew Hartman, The War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars

Trey Key, Us and Them (A podcast)

Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Neil Gross, Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care?

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture

Section II: The Atheist Argument

Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great

Section III: Higher Education

Roger Geiger, The History of American Higher Education

Elaine Howard Ecklund, Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think

Section IV: Fundamentalism

Timothy EW Gloege, Guaranteed Pure: The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism

Matthew Avery Sutton, American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism

Molly Worthen: Apostles of Reason:The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism

Section V: Creationism

Ronald Numbers, The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design (exp. ed.)

Section VI: Conservatism

Amy Binder and Kate Wood, Becoming Right: How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives

Adam Laats, The Other School Reformers: Conservative Activism in American Education

Section X: ILYBYGTH RR Honor Roll: JC

Thanks to those who have suggested titles for the list!

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