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Politics and religion in the White South [electronic resource] /
edited by Glenn Feldman.
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Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2005.
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xiii, 386 p.
ISBN
0813123631 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2005.
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0813123631 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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8381170
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 353-361) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-06-01:
This is a thoughtful, solid anthology whose contributors employ a variety of methodologies to explore the connections between politics and religion in the South. However, readers need not be historians or political scientists with specialization in regional studies to make use of this collection. Southern conservative social values have entered the US political mainstream; they are values deeply rooted in religious belief frequently espoused in religious language. In the 40 years since Nixon's "southern strategy," the Republican Party has become the vehicle for political power in the South, and with that newly acquired base, the vehicle for national power as well. This intrinsic southern conservatism, irrespective of party labels, has come to dominate US politics over the past quarter century. The issues of race and class continue to be wrapped up in this conservative nexus, sometimes dealt with obliquely, at other times overtly, but always within the framework of religious discourse. At stake is the direction and role for government at the federal and local levels; what remains fluid is the degree to which private matters of faith shape public policy. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. Kleiman University of Wisconsin Colleges
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"Must reading for any student of Southern religion and politics." -- Studies in American Culture
"Must reading for any student of Southern religion and politics.-- Studies in American Culture" -- Studies in American Culture
"Helps us to explain the nature of politics in the most conservative and religious part of America." -- Arkansas Review
"Helps us to explain the nature of politics in the most conservative and religious part of America.-- Arkansas Review" -- Arkansas Review
"A thoughtful, solid anthology.... Readers need not be historians or political scientists with specialization in regional studies to make use of this collection.... Recommended." -- Choice
"A thoughtful, solid anthology.... Readers need not be historians or political scientists with specialization in regional studies to make use of this collection.... Recommended.-- Choice" -- Choice
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Politics, while always an integral part of the daily life in the South, took on a new level of importance after the Civil War. Today, political strategists view the South as an essential region to cultivate if political hopefuls are to have a chance of winning elections at the national level. Although operating within the context of a secular government, American politics is decidedly marked by a Christian influence. In the mostly Protestant South, religion and politics have long been nearly inextricable. Politics and Religion in the White South skillfully examines the powerful role that religious considerations and influence have played in American political discourse. This collection of thirteen essays from prominent historians and political scientists explores the intersection in the South of religion, politics, race relations, and southern culture from post--Civil War America to the present, when the Religious Right has exercised a profound impact on the course of politics in the region as well as the nation. The authors examine issues such as religious attitudes about race on the Jim Crow South; Billy Graham's influence on the civil rights movement; political activism and the Southern Baptist Convention; and Dorothy Tilly, a white Methodist woman, and her contributions as a civil rights reformer during the 1940s and 1950s. The volume also considers the issue of whether southerners felt it was their sacred duty to prevent American society from moving away from its Christian origins toward a new, secular identity and how this perceived God-given responsibility was reflected in the work of southern political and church leaders. By analyzing the vital relationship between religion and politics in the region where their connection is strongest and most evident, Politics and Religion in the White South offers insight into the conservatism of the South and the role that religion has played in maintaining its social and cultural traditionalism.
Main Description
Politics, while always an integral part of daily life in the South, took on a new level of importance after the Civil War. Today, political strategists view the South as an essential region to cultivate if political hopefuls are to have a chance of winning elections at the national level. Although operating within the context of a secular government, American politics is decidedly marked by a Christian influence. In the mostly Protestant South, religion and politics have long been nearly inextricable. Politics and Religion in the White South skillfully examines the powerful role that religious considerations and influence have played in American political discourse.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Examining the powerful ways in which religious considerations have shaped American political discourse, this collection of thirteen essays from prominent historians and political scientists explores the intersection of religion, politics, race relations, and Southern culture in post - Civil War America.
Long Description
Politics and Religion in the White South examines the powerful ways in which religious considerations have shaped American political discourse. Since the inception of the Republic, politics have remained a subject of lively discussion and debate. Although based on secular ideals, American government and politics have often been peppered with Christian influences. Especially in the mostly Protestant South, religion and politics have been nearly inextricable. This collection of thirteen essays from prominent historians and political scientists, including Mark K. Bauman, Charles S. Bullock III, Natalie M. Davis, Andrew M. Manis, Mark J. Rozell, and Clyde Wilcox, explores the intersection of religion, politics, race relations, and Southern culture from post?Civil War America to the present, when the religious right has begun to exercise a profound influence on the course of American politics.
Unpaid Annotation
Politics and Religion in the White South examines the powerful ways in which religious considerations have shaped American political discourse. Since the inception of the Republic, politics have remained a subject of lively discussion and debate. Although based on secular ideals, American government and politics have often been peppered with Christian influences. Especially in the mostly Protestant South, religion and politics have been nearly inextricable. This collection of thirteen essays from prominent historians and political scientists, including Mark K. Bauman, Charles S. Bullock III, Natalie M. Davis, Andrew M. Manis, Mark J. Rozell, and Clyde Wilcox, explores the intersection of religion, politics, race relations, and Southern culture from post-Civil War America to the present, when the religious right has begun to exercise a profound influence on the course of American politics.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
That Which God Hath Put Asunder: White Baptists, Black Aliens, and the Southern Social Order, 1890-1920p. 11
Factionalism and Ethnic Politics in Atlanta: German Jews from the Civil War through the Progressive Erap. 35
Home and Hearth: Women, the Klan, Conservative Religion, and Traditional Family Valuesp. 57
Religion, Race, and the Right in the South, 1945-1990p. 101
"City Mothers": Dorothy Tilly, Georgia Methodist Women, and Black Civil Rightsp. 125
Billy Graham, Civil Rights, and the Changing Postwar Southp. 157
Southern Baptist Clergy, the Christian Right, and Political Activism in the Southp. 187
The Religious Right and Electoral Politics in the Southp. 215
Donald Wildmon, the American Family Association, and the Theology of Media Activismp. 231
The Christian Right in Virginia Politicsp. 255
The Mercedes and the Pine Tree: Modernism and Traditionalism in Alabamap. 271
The Status Quo Society, the Rope of Religion, and the New Racismp. 287
Selected Bibliographyp. 353
Contributorsp. 363
Indexp. 365
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