Subduing Satan: Religion, Recreation, and Manhood in the Rural South, 1865-1920 / Edition 1

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Overview

The Praying South and the Fighting South are two of our most popular images of white southern culture. In Subduing Satan, Ted Ownby details the tensions between these complex—and often opposing—attitudes.

"Ownby's re-creation of male recreation is rich and fascinating. He paints the saloon and the street, the cockfighting and dogfighting rings as realms of distinctly male vices, enjoyed lustily by men seeking to escape the sweet virtue of the Southern Christian home."—Nation

"A bold new thesis. . . . [Ownby] gives us guideposts in the ongoing search for the meaning of southern history."—Journal of Southern History

"I suspect that for many years ahead Ted Ownby's Subduing Satan will serve as the standard guide on how to write religious social history."—Bertram Wyatt-Brown, University of Florida

"This is one of the freshest and most interesting books written about the American South in years. By focusing on the cultural conflicts of everyday life, Ownby gets us right to the heart of white culture in the South between Reconstruction and the 1920s."—Edward L. Ayers, University of Virginia

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Editorial Reviews

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Ownby's re-creation of male recreation is rich and fascinating.

Nation

[Ownby] gives us guideposts in the ongoing search for the meaning of southern history.

Journal of Southern History

Ownby gets us right to the heart of white culture in the South between Reconstruction and the 1920s.

Edward L. Ayers, University of Virginia

Booknews
Ownby (history and Southern studies, U. of Mississippi) examines the relationship of two images--the fighting white south and the religious white South--and the evolution of each. His study, which concludes in the 1910s, when the South was beginning to feel the effects of an evolving national mass culture, falls into three parts on male culture, evangelical culture, and change and reform. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807844298
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/1993
  • Series: Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Ownby is associate professor of history and Southern studies at the University of Mississippi.

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