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One Nation Under God? film project interviews and research materials

Identifier: MS 0604
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents Note

This collection consists of eleven series, which make-up the research, production documentation, and video used to create the documentary, One Nation Under God?. More specifically, there is research focusing on interviewees, people, organizations, and subject matter related to the film. In addition to preliminary interview transcripts, there are audio and video interviews with corresponding transcripts. Finally, this collection includes production documents, archival footage and third party media.


  • Creation: 2004-2008


Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Fuller is the writer, director, and editor of One Nation Under God?, as well as an Emmy Awarding-winning editor. In 2004, he began working on One Nation Under God?. The early focus of the film revolved around Christian Reconstructionism, which strives to base government law on the Ten Commandments, its effects on a homeschooled family, and how strains of this political/religious belief had been adopted by major political and religious leaders, namely President George W. Bush; however, the film eventually took a larger focus.

Fuller split his documentary into three parts. Part I traces the history of the formation of the United States and how the Founding Fathers struggled over how religion would or would not be represented in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Part II presents the growing influence of Christian leaders like Father Charles Coughlin, Jerry Falwell, and Pat Robertson on politics in America. Part III looks at how politically-focused Christian movements have influenced President George W. Bush and his policies, e.g. stem cell research, the Faith-Based Initiative, and school vouchers. It should be noted that this documentary is unfinished.


8 Linear Feet ( (8 boxes))

40.1 Gigabytes (MS0604aip_001, containing mp4 format access quality video of interviews and other footage (masters located in MS0604aip_003 and MS0604aip_004))

43 Gigabytes (MS0604aip_002, containing mp3 access quality and wav master quality audio files of interviews originally on audiocassette)

2990 Gigabytes (MS0604aip_003 and MS0604aip_004, containing master quality uncompressed avi video masters of interviews and other footage (access quality mp4 located in MS0604aip_001))

Language of Materials



This collection consists of interviews, research materials, production footage, and third party media created and compiled by John Fuller, director of One Nation Under God?. (8 boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by John Fuller, as part of the Martin Religious Right research collection, 1975-2000 (MS 537).

Accruals Note

Additional materials are not expected for this collection.

Guide to the One Nation Under God? film project interviews and research materials
Norie Guthrie
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA