Righting the American Dream Preorder Campaign

{pages} is pleased to offer a preorder campaign for Diane Winston's new book, "Righting the American Dream: How the Media Mainstreamed Reagan's Evangelical Vision." Professor Winston will be speaking at a Beach City Democrats event on June 26th.

Please place your orders before June 9th in order for them to be honored.

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About the book:

A provocative new history of how the news media facilitated the Reagan Revolution and the rise of the religious Right.
After two years in the White House, an aging and increasingly unpopular Ronald Reagan looked like a one-term president, but in 1983 something changed. Reagan spoke of his embattled agenda as a spiritual rather than a political project and cast his vision for limited government and market economics as the natural outworking of religious conviction. The news media broadcast this message with enthusiasm, and white evangelicals rallied to the president’s cause. With their support, Reagan won reelection and continued to dismantle the welfare state, unraveling a political consensus that stood for half a century.

In Righting the American Dream, Diane Winston reveals how support for Reagan emerged from a new religious vision of American identity circulating in the popular press. Through four key events—the “evil empire” speech, AIDS outbreak, invasion of Grenada, and rise in American poverty rates—Winston shows that many journalists uncritically adopted Reagan’s religious rhetoric and ultimately mainstreamed otherwise unpopular evangelical ideas about individual responsibility. The result is a provocative new account of how Reagan together with the press turned America to the right and initiated a social revolution that continues today.

About the author:

Diane Winston spent over a decade as a journalist and is now associate professor of journalism and Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the University of Southern California. She is the author or editor of several books, including Religion in Los Angeles: Religious Activism, Innovation, and Diversity in the Global City.


Righting the American Dream: How the Media Mainstreamed Reagan's Evangelical Vision By Diane Winston Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226824529
Availability: Out of Stock, but we can likely order it for you. We will advise if we cannot.
Published: University of Chicago Press - July 28th, 2023