Bryce Christensen

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Bryce Christensen is a Professor of English at Southern Utah University. He is the author of The Portals of Sheol’ and Other Poems (White Violet Press, 2012), the novel Winning (Whiskey Creek Press, 2007), and the non-fiction books Utopia Against the Family: The Problems and Politics of the American Family (Ignatius, 1990) and Divided We Fall: Family Discord and the Fracturing of America (Transaction, 2006).

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In seeking to explain the evolution of the American democracy, historians typically give great emphasis to the step-by-step enlargement of the franchise to vote. Thus, the expansion of the franchise figures prominently in the account historian Hugh P. Williamson gives of the slow political transformation of Britain’s 17th-century North American colonies into the mass democracy of the 20th-century United States.

Commenting in 1940 about the perspective that had given modern education its fundamentally secular character, the sociologist Florian Znankecki spoke of “the deeply stimulating conviction that man, the individual man, this ephemeral being dependent on his natural milieu for his bodily life and on his social milieu for his spiritual life, can alone and unaided by any divine grace or…