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The Rise of Fundamentalism

Author: Wacker, Grant

The first task is to define the word “fundamentalism”. The term is commonly used in newspapers, television newscasts, backyard arguments, and above all in churches, both in negative and positive ways. The word means different things to different persons. I suggest that it is best to distinguish small “f” from capital “F” usages: fundamentalism as a generic or worldwide phenomenon versus Fundamentalism as a religious movement specific to Protestant culture in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Subjects: History; Education Studies; American History; Christianity; Fundamentalism; Social History