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Freedom's Coming: Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era / Edition 1

Freedom's Coming: Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era / Edition 1

by Paul Harvey
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In a sweeping analysis of religion in the post-Civil War and twentieth-century South, Freedom's Coming puts race and culture at the center, describing southern Protestant cultures as both priestly and prophetic: as southern formal theology sanctified dominant political and social hierarchies, evangelical belief and practice subtly undermined them. The seeds of subversion, Paul Harvey argues, were embedded in the passionate individualism, exuberant expressive forms, and profound faith of believers in the region.

Harvey explains how black and white religious folk within and outside of mainstream religious groups formed a southern "evangelical counterculture" of Christian interracialism that challenged the theologically grounded racism pervasive among white southerners and ultimately helped to end Jim Crow in the South. Moving from the folk theology of segregation to the women who organized the Montgomery bus boycott, from the hymn-inspired freedom songs of the 1960s to the influence of black Pentecostal preachers on Elvis Presley, Harvey deploys cultural history in fresh and innovative ways and fills a decades-old need for a comprehensive history of Protestant religion and its relationship to the central question of race in the South for the postbellum and twentieth-century period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807858141
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/26/2007
Edition description: 1
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 1,119,241
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Paul Harvey is professor of history at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is author of Redeeming the South: Religious Cultures and Racial Identities among Southern Baptists, 1865-1925 and coeditor of Themes in Religion and American Culture.

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In tracking the hegemonic culture in the century after Reconstruction, Harvey fills a significant void in the literature appraising southern religious life.—Journal of Southern History

Because Freedom's Coming so perfectly digests the best new works on the South, this is the place to play catch-up on southern religious scholarship. . . . The religious cultures of the South are too important and too unwieldy to be exhausted in one book, but if you're looking for a place to start, there isn't a better place than Freedom's Coming.—Southern Cultures

Harvey's survey of both white and black Christianity through post-Civil War history is an excellent introduction to the complicated mix of politics and religion that took shape in the Jim Crow years.—Foreign Affairs

A study that brings together the fields of religious history, southern political history, African American and women's history, it is certainly a fine contribution to any scholar's library.—Arkansas Review

[A] rich, complex book. . . . An important contribution to the history of religion and race in the South.—Anglican and Episcopal History

[Harvey] offers a lucid analysis of the dashed hopes of both African Americans and northern missionaries—and a few indigenous white progressives. . . . Freedom's Coming is well written and accessible to anyone interested in the questions of race and religion in the South. Historians will find the work well researched.—The Alabama Review

Harvey has done it again. . . . An outstanding contribution to studies in American cultural and religious history.—Baptist History-Heritage

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