Thunder from the right : Ezra Taft Benson in Mormonism and politics / edited by Matthew L. Harris.

Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2019]
viii, 247 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Benson, Ezra Taft -- Political activity.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- Political activity.
Benson, Ezra Taft.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.
Mormon Church -- Political activity.
Mormon Church -- Political activity.
Political participation.
Politics and government.
United States.
"Ezra Taft Benson's ultra-conservative vision made him one of the most polarizing leaders in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His willingness to mix religion with extreme right-wing politics troubled many. Yet his fierce defense of the traditional family, unabashed love of country, and deep knowledge of the faith endeared him to millions. In Thunder from the Right, a group of veteran Mormon scholars probe aspects of Benson's extraordinary life. Topics include: how Benson's views influenced his actions as Secretary of Agriculture in the Eisenhower Administration; his dedication to the conservative movement, from alliances with Barry Goldwater and the John Birch Society to his condemnation of the civil rights movement as a communist front; how his concept of the principal of free agency became central to Mormon theology; his advocacy of traditional gender roles as a counterbalance to liberalism; and the events and implications of Benson's term as Church president."--Provided by the publisher.
Ezra Taft Benson and the family farm / Brian Q. Cannon
Ezra Taft Benson meets Nikita Khrushchev, 1959 : memory embellished / Gary James Bergera
From new deal to new right / Robert A. Goldberg
Potomac fever : continuing quest for the U.S. presidency / Newell G. Bringhurst
Martin Luther King, civil rights, and perceptions of a "communist conspiracy" / Matthew L. Harris
The Cold War and the invention of free agency / Matthew Bowman
Women and gender / Andrea G. Radke-Moss
LDS church presidency years, 1985-1994 / J.B. Haws.
Photographs courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Harris, Matthew L., editor.
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