Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt / Edition 1

Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt / Edition 1

by Christine Leigh Heyrman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 080784716X

ISBN-13: 9780807847169

Pub. Date: 04/27/1998

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Revealing a surprising paradox at the heart of America's "Bible Belt," Christine Leigh Heyrman examines how the conservative religious traditions so strongly associated with the South evolved out of an evangelical Protestantism that began with very different social and political attitudes.
Although the American Revolution swept away the institutional structures

Overview

Revealing a surprising paradox at the heart of America's "Bible Belt," Christine Leigh Heyrman examines how the conservative religious traditions so strongly associated with the South evolved out of an evangelical Protestantism that began with very different social and political attitudes.
Although the American Revolution swept away the institutional structures of the Anglican Church in the South, the itinerant evangelical preachers who subsequently flooded the region at first encountered resistance from southern whites, who were affronted by their opposition to slaveholding and traditional ideals of masculinity, their lack of respect for generational hierarchy, their encouragement of women's public involvement in church affairs, and their allowance for spiritual intimacy with blacks. As Heyrman shows, these evangelicals achieved dominance in the region over the course of a century by deliberately changing their own "traditional values" and assimilating the conventional southern understandings of family relationships, masculine prerogatives, classic patriotism, and martial honor. In so doing, religious groups earlier associated with nonviolence and antislavery activity came to the defense of slavery and secession and the holy cause of upholding both by force of arms—and adopted the values we now associate with the "Bible Belt."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807847169
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/27/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
682,887
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Canaan's Language

1. Raising the Devil
2. The Season of Youth
3. Family Values
4. Mothers and Others in Israel
5. Mastery

Epilogue
Appendix
Notes
Index

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