The South and the North in American Religion by Samuel HillThe South and the North in American Religion by Samuel Hill

The South and the North in American Religion

bySamuel Hill

Paperback | December 1, 2007

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In this comparative history of religious life in the South and the North, Samuel Hill considers the religions of America from a unique angle. Tracing the religious history of both areas, this study dramatically shows how a common religion was altered by hostilities and then continued to develop as separate entities until recently. Coming almost full circle, both North and South now find their religions again to be highly similar. Two factors, Hill believes, were major influences in the diversification of the regional religions: the presence of Afro-Americans as an underclass of people with a distinctive role to play in the development of southern religious life, and the presence or absence of a large immigrant population.

Hill's overall purpose is to answer the questions: How did there come to be a South (without which there would not have been a North)? Why is the South the heartland of Evangelical Protestantism and a kind of "Bible belt"? What historical developments dispatched the two regions on distinctive courses, religiously and otherwise? How much interaction has there been between the religious institutions of the two regions? How similar and divergent have the cultural patterns, styles, and values been in "the South" and "the North"?

Samuel S. Hill is a professor emeritus of religion at the University of Florida. He is the author or editor of a number of books and essays, including The South and the North in American Religion, Southern Churches in Crisis, and The Encyclopedia of Religion in the South.
Title:The South and the North in American ReligionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8 × 5 × 10 inPublished:December 1, 2007Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820331317

ISBN - 13:9780820331317

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Editorial Reviews

Hill's book merits careful reading by Southern historians. For readers who are prepared to examine it carefully, it will provide fresh insights into Southern religion and provoke new questions which deserve scholarly exploration.

- Louisiana History