With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America, 1950-1994

The conservative Christian political movement is tracked from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Premiere Date
September 27, 1996
360 minutes

Brad Lichtenstein

Brad Lichtenstein is an award-winning filmmaker and president of 371 Productions. He’s won two Dupont Awards: one for the recent Al Jazeera America series Hard Earned (produced by Kartemquin Films) and another for his 2001 film Ghosts of Attica (produced with Lumiere Productions). His first virtual reality film, Across the Line, about accessing Show more abortion amid hostile protests, premiered at Sundance in 2016. His 2012 movie As Goes Janesville (PBS/Independent Lens) was nominated for a News & Doc Emmy. Penelope, his film about a nursing home that performs The Odyssey from Penelope's point of view, aired on PBS in 2015. 371’s Wisconsin's Mining Standoff, premiered in June 2014 on Al Jazeera America's Fault Lines and streams on Al Jazeera English. He’s the executive producer of "Precious Lives," a radio/podcast and print series about young people and gun violence. 371’s tech projects include BizVizz, a corporate accountability app available for iPhones. 371 has also produced American Reckoning, a feature doc about unsolved civil rights era murders, There are Jews Here, a feature doc about disappearing Jewish communities, and When Claude Got Shot, a feature doc about race and gun violence in America. Brad’s also produced for FRONTLINE and Bill Moyers. His work is supported by Bader Philanthropies, Blue Mountain Center, Creative Capital, the Fetzer Institute, The Forward Fund, ITVS, the Ford, HKH, MacArthur, Nathan Cummings, Retirement Research & Tides Foundations, as well as the IDA and Mary L. Nohl Fellowship. Brad is the founder of docUWM, a documentary program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Show less


Cal Skaggs

Calvin Skaggs is president of the company he founded, Lumiere Productions. With more than two dozen films and television productions to his credit, Skaggs has spent 25 years creating both dramatic and documentary films. He made his producing debut on public television in 1975 with the award-winning series The American Short Story, then went on to create Show more productions for American Playhouse, including the feature Go Tell It on the Mountain, and for other PBS series such as American Masters and WonderWorks. Skaggs executive produced and directed the documentary series With God On Our Side: The Rise Of The Religious Right In America, 1950-1994 as well as the verité series Local News. Skaggs’s work has also included The Circus (HBO), Vanished: Inside the Witness Protection Program and Diamonds! for Discovery. Among his acclaimed theatrical features are Horton Foote’s On Valentine’s Day, Fly By Night (Best Dramatic Film at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival), and The Wash. Show less


David Van Taylor

David Van Taylor is vice president of Lumiere Productions, where he completed Local News (PBS). He began in the company as series producer of With God On Our Side: The Rise Of The Religious Right In America, 1950-1994 (ITVS). Van Taylor's feature documentary A Perfect Candidate was nominated for an Emmy. Since 1986, Van Taylor has written, directed, and Show more edited for PBS, HBO (She's Having a Baby Brother), Discovery (Hollywood Talent Agents), MTV (I Want To Be A Millionaire), and TV Nation with Michael Moore. His first film, Dream Deceivers: The Story Behind James Vance vs. Judas Priest, won an International Documentary Association Distinguished Achievement Award. Show less

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The Film

From the "Christian anti-Communism" of the '50s to the sophisticated politics of the Christian Coalition today, evangelical Christians have slowly but steadily re-shaped the context of mainstream American politics and culture. Using rare archival footage and candid interviews, With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America, 1950-1994 chronicles the conservative Christian political movement.