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For God and Country

Conservatism and American School Policy


Catherine Lugg

The ascendancy of political conservatives, particularly Christian fundamentalists, profoundly altered the U.S. political and public policy landscape. For God and Country presents a historical policy analysis of conservative ideology and its influences upon U.S. federal school policies during the first administration of President Ronald Reagan (1981–1984). By focusing upon the first Reagan administration, the author teases out the various conservative social agendas regarding U.S. children, the power of PRolicy, and how one specific Presidential election strategy has shaped federal education policy.