To Raise up the South: Sunday Schools in Black and White Churches, 1865-1915

To Raise up the South: Sunday Schools in Black and White Churches, 1865-1915

by Sally Gregory McMillen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807127493

ISBN-13: 9780807127490

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

In the half century after the Civil War, evangelical southerners turned increasingly to Sunday schools as a means of rejuvenating their destitute region and adjusting to an ever-modernizing world. By educating children — and later adults — in Sunday school and exposing them to Christian teachings, biblical truths, and exemplary behavior, southerners felt

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In the half century after the Civil War, evangelical southerners turned increasingly to Sunday schools as a means of rejuvenating their destitute region and adjusting to an ever-modernizing world. By educating children — and later adults — in Sunday school and exposing them to Christian teachings, biblical truths, and exemplary behavior, southerners felt certain that a better world would emerge and cast aside the death and destruction wrought by the Civil War. In To Raise Up the South, Sally G. McMillen offers an examination of Sunday schools in seven black and white denominations and reveals their vital role in the larger quest for southen redemption.

McMillen begins by explaining how the schools were established, detailing northern missionaries' collaboration in their creation and the eventual southern resistance to this northern aid. She then turns to the classroom, discussing the roles of church officials, teachers, ministers, and parents in the effort to raise pious children; the different functions of men and women; and the social benefits of such participation.

Though denominations of both races saw Sunday schools as a way to increase their numbers and mold their children, white southerners rarely raised the race issue in the classroom. Black evangelicals, on the other hand, used their Sunday schools to discuss and decry Jim Crow laws, rising violence, and widespread injustices.

Integrating the study of race, class, gender, and religion, To Raise Up the South provides an exciting new lens through which to view the turbulent years of Reconstruction and the emergence of the New South. It charts the rise of an institution that became a mainstay in the lives of millions of southerners.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807127490
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
297
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Abbreviations
1A Cure for the South1
2Reconstructing the South26
3Reclaiming Our Children's Souls55
4Uplift and Redemption through the Published Word89
5Inside the Sunday Classroom121
6Race and the Sunday School163
7The Modern Southern Sunday School194
8An Incomplete Cure224
Bibliography251
Index289

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