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.