Friday, April 22, 2011

The Moral Majority is Gone from Young Memory

As background to today's discussion of Bill Bishop's The Big Sort, I was teaching the early history of the culture war. The students knew about many of the cultural changes of the Sixties. They knew that there was a conservative backlash. One ventured "Religious Right" as the name of the conservative mobilization.

But none of them had heard of the Moral Majority or Jerry Falwell.

When I was in college in the late '70s and early '80s, the Moral Majority was as familiar as the Tea Party is today.


The Errant Viewer said...

Really? Wow. I guess I'm one of a handful millennial who grew up hearing of Falwell and Moral Majority. I always thought it was simple common knowledge.

Kerri said...

Wow, does this mean I'm old?