Getting Right with God: Southern Baptists and Desegregation, 1945-1995

Getting Right with God: Southern Baptists and Desegregation, 1945-1995

by Mark Newman
     
 

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This groundbreaking study finds Southern Baptists more diverse in
their attitudes toward segregation than previously assumed.

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This groundbreaking study finds Southern Baptists more diverse in
their attitudes toward segregation than previously assumed.

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"This is a moving account of a great regional, religious, and racial tragedy, and Newman treats everyone involved with fairness, understanding, and empathy....This book covers a lot of terrain that has never been spelled out before, and it will be the indispensable first word on the topic....It fills a very significant void in the scholarship of the 20th-century South and of the history of southern religion."
—John Boles, Rice University

"It is the best manuscript that has been done on the relationship of Southern Baptists to African Americans during the Civil Rights movement."
—Wayne Flynt, Auburn University

Publishers Weekly
In this historical study of race and the postwar Southern Baptist Convention, Newman argues that most white Southern Baptists were "moderates" on racial issues; they supported de jure segregation, because their primary concern was obeying the law, then slowly changed after court decisions and new legislation mandated desegregation. On either side were vocal minorities: hard-line segregationists argued that biblical Christianity required a total separation of the races, while progressive Baptists criticized racist policies as contrary to Christ's example. This is a solid, if pedestrian, study; the prose is forthright and the book's organization efficient, though a bit uninspired. (Nov. 15) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817310608
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Series:
Religion & American Culture Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

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