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By Carolyn Renée Dupont

Winner of the 2013 Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize awarded by means of the yankee Society of Church History

Mississippi Praying examines the religion groups at ground-zero of the racial revolution that rocked the US. This non secular background of white Mississippians within the civil rights period indicates how Mississippians’ extreme spiritual commitments performed serious, instead of incidental, roles of their reaction to the move for black equality.


During the civil rights flow and because, it has at a loss for words many americans that unabashedly Christian Mississippi may also unapologetically oppress its black inhabitants. but, as Carolyn Renée Dupont richly info, white southerners’ evangelical faith gave them no conceptual instruments for figuring out segregation as an ethical evil, and lots of believed that God had ordained the racial hierarchy.


Challenging past scholarship that depicts southern spiritual help for segregation as vulnerable, Dupont indicates how humans of religion in Mississippi rejected the non secular argument for black equality and actively supported the trouble to thwart the civil rights circulate. whilst, religion influenced a small variety of white Mississippians to problem the tools and strategies of do-or-die segregationists. Racial turmoil profoundly destabilized Mississippi’s spiritual groups and grew to become them into battlegrounds over the problem of black equality. although Mississippi’s evangelicals misplaced the conflict to maintain segregation, they gained vital struggles to maintain the theology that had sustained the racial hierarchy. finally, this historical past sheds gentle at the eventual upward push of the spiritual correct by means of elaborating the connections among the pre- and post-civil rights South.

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