Christianity And Race In The American South: A History

Hardcover | November 21, 2016

byPaul Harvey

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The history of race and religion in the American South is infused with tragedy, survival, and water—from St. Augustine on the shores of Florida’s Atlantic Coast to the swampy mire of Jamestown to the floodwaters that nearly destroyed New Orleans. Determination, resistance, survival, even transcendence, shape the story of race and southern Christianities. In Christianity and Race in the American South, Paul Harvey gives us a narrative history of the South as it integrates into the story of religious history, fundamentally transforming our understanding of the importance of American Christianity and religious identity.

Harvey chronicles the diversity and complexity in the intertwined histories of race and religion in the South, dating back to the first days of European settlement. He presents a history rife with strange alliances, unlikely parallels, and far too many tragedies, along the way illustrating that ideas about the role of churches in the South were critically shaped by conflicts over slavery and race that defined southern life more broadly. Race, violence, religion, and southern identity remain a volatile brew, and this book is the persuasive historical examination that is essential to making sense of it.

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The history of race and religion in the American South is infused with tragedy, survival, and water—from St. Augustine on the shores of Florida’s Atlantic Coast to the swampy mire of Jamestown to the floodwaters that nearly destroyed New Orleans. Determination, resistance, survival, even transcendence, shape the story of race and south...

Paul Harvey is professor of history and presidential teaching scholar at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 21, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022641535X

ISBN - 13:9780226415352

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Table of Contents

Introduction / The Transcendental Blues of Southern Religion
One / “Proud and Undutifull”: Religion, Violence, and Death in the Early South
Two / “Tumults and Distractions”: The Revolutionaries and the Revivalists
Three / “Being Affected Together”: Revivalism, Slavery, and Empire
Four / “Was Not Christ Crucified?”: Race and Christianities in the Antebellum Era
Five / “That Was about Equalization after the Freedom”: Religion, War, and Reconstruction
Six / “Death Is Ridin’ All through the Land”: Race and Southern Christianities from Segregation to Civil Rights
Seven / “Trust God and Launch Out into the Deep”: Civil Rights and the Transformations of Southern Religious History
Eight / “They Don’t Have to Be Poor Anymore”: Politics, Prosperity, and Pluralism
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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“These pages contain a riveting, soulful story, through which Harvey deftly explains how hopes for redemption and systems of oppression became mutually constitutive of life in the American South.  Written with authority, wisdom, and verve, this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how the intersection of religion and race indelibly shaped the nation’s past—and why it continues to inform our future.”