Book — 1 online resource (xii, 220 pages) : illustrations.
Introduction: Forging the American character
The American civil-military religion and the Cold War
Ideological and spiritual mobilization
Evangelical democracy and the reshaping of the American character
The U.S. military and the radical right
Epilogue: The citizen soldier in retrospect.
The U.S. military has historically believed itself to be the institution best suited to develop the character, spiritual values, and patriotism of American youth. Here, author Lori Bogle investigates how the armed forces assigned themselves this role and why they sought to create ""ideologically sound Americans capable of defeating communism and assuring the victory of democracy at home and abroad."" Bogle shows that this view of America's civil religion predated tension with the Soviet Union. She traces this trend from the Progressive Era though the early Cold War, when the Truman and Eisenhower administrations formulated plans that promised to prepare the American public morally and spiritually for confrontation with the evils of communism. Bogle's analysis suggests that cooperation among the military, evangelical right wing groups, and government was considered both necessary and normal. The Boy Scouts pushed a narrow vision of American democracy, and Joe McCarthy's chauvinism was less an aberration than a noxious manifestation of a widespread attitude. To combat communism, America and its armed forces embraced a narrow moral education that attacked everyone and everything not consonant with their view of the world order. Exposure of this alliance ultimately dissolved it. (source: Nielsen Book Data)