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  • The World of Chick-Fil-A and the Business of Sunbelt Evangelicalism

    Darren E. Grem, Emory University

    8 March 2012

    In this presentation from February 15, 2012 at Emory University, Darren E. Grem examines the connections between evangelicalism and capitalism at the Chick-Fil-A chain of restaurants.



    About the Author

    Darren E. Grem received his PhD in history from the University of Georgia in 2010. He won the 2011 C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize from the Southern Historical Association and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University.

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    Recommended Resources


    Dochuk, Darren. From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism. New York: W.W. Norton, 2011.

    Fink, Leon. The Maya of Morganton: Work and Community in the Nuevo New South. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.

    Grem, Darren E. "The Marketplace Missions of S. Truett Cathy and Chick-fil-A." In Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Space, Place and Region, edited by Darren Dochuk and Michelle Nickerson, 293-315. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.

    Harvey, Paul. Freedom's Coming: Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.

    Kruse, Kevin. White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservativism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.

    Lassiter, Matthew D. The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006.

    Moreton, Bethany. To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009.

    Phillips-Fein, Kim. Invisible Hands: The Businessmen's Crusade Against the New Deal. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010.

    Phillips-Fein, Kim and Julian Zelizer, eds. What's Good For Business: Business and American Politics Since World War II. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

    Striffler, Steve. Chicken: The Dangerous Transformation of America's Favorite Food. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

    Williams, Daniel K. God's Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

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    Kruse, Kevin. "White Flight: The Strategies, Ideology, and Legacy of Segregationists in Atlanta." Southern Spaces, November 28, 2005.

    Wilson, Charles Reagan. "Overview: Religion and the US South." Southern Spaces, March 16, 2004.

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