In an astonishing history, a work of strikingly original research and interpretation, Heyrman shows how the evangelical Protestants of the late-18th ...Show synopsisIn an astonishing history, a work of strikingly original research and interpretation, Heyrman shows how the evangelical Protestants of the late-18th century affronted the Southern Baptist majority of the day, not only by their opposition to slaveholding, war, and class privilege, but also by their espousal of the rights of the poor and their encouragement of women's public involvement in the church.Hide synopsis
Description:New in fine dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards, index....New in fine dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards, index. 336 p. Audience: General/trade. In Southern Cross Christine Leigh Heyrman reveals the surprising paradox at the heart of America's" Bible Belt": how such currently conservative religious groups as the Southern Baptists and Methodists evolved out of an evangelical Protestantism that began with totally different social and political attitudes. What happened? What changed? How did the very religious groups that at first offended most white southerners eventually come to claim the soul of the South?
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