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Ruth Braunstein, Todd Nicholas Fuist, and Rhys H. Williams

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479854769

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479854769.001.0001

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Progressive Religious Activists and Democratic Party Politics

Progressive Religious Activists and Democratic Party Politics

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Religion and Progressive Activism
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Rebecca Sager

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479854769.003.0003

Rebecca Sager’s chapter focuses on a broader ecology of progressive religious organizations and actors working at the national level, and their relationship to Democratic Party politics. Drawing on participant observation of the 2008 and 2010 political campaigns of Democratic candidate Tom Perriello of Virginia for Congress, she demonstrates how Democratic Party activists used this campaign as means of exploring how a progressive candidate could reach out to religious voters. She also shows how the group of activists who led this effort were connected to a variety of new progressive religious movement organizations that had emerged as a loosely coordinated force to offset the power of the religious Right in the public sphere.

Keywords:   participant observation, campaign, Congress, Tom Perriello, Virginia, Democratic Party, religious Right

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