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Christianity and Race in the American South: A History by Paul Harvey (review)

Christianity and Race in the American South: A History by Paul Harvey (review) Christianity and Race in the American South: A History. By Paul Harvey. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016. Pp. 260. Cloth, $40.00.) Readers will wonder how Paul Harvey fits so much into two hundred pages of text. Harvey calls his survey of four hundred years of southern racial and religious history “a deliberatively selective narrative” (2), but he does not reduce the South to one group of people or one period of time. Nor does he smooth out the region’s complexities. Early Spanish Catholics, Moravian missionaries, slave insurrectionists, proslavery theologians, labor organizers, blues musicians, skeptics, and prosperity gospel televan- gelists all appear in Harvey’s narrative. Few scholars could have written something so concise, comprehensive, and accessible. Paul Harvey calls this book the capstone of his writing career so far, a career that has led him to write ever broader surveys. In this volume, he does not offer any - thing surprising to specialists in southern religion, but he weaves decades of scholarship in the field into a concise and compelling story. Harvey frames the book around the region’s paradoxes. The central par- adox is that a region of diverse “religious ideas and expressions result[ed] in a dominant establishment at http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Christianity and Race in the American South: A History by Paul Harvey (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 8 (1) – Mar 6, 2018

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Christianity and Race in the American South: A History. By Paul Harvey. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016. Pp. 260. Cloth, $40.00.) Readers will wonder how Paul Harvey fits so much into two hundred pages of text. Harvey calls his survey of four hundred years of southern racial and religious history “a deliberatively selective narrative” (2), but he does not reduce the South to one group of people or one period of time. Nor does he smooth out the region’s complexities. Early Spanish Catholics, Moravian missionaries, slave insurrectionists, proslavery theologians, labor organizers, blues musicians, skeptics, and prosperity gospel televan- gelists all appear in Harvey’s narrative. Few scholars could have written something so concise, comprehensive, and accessible. Paul Harvey calls this book the capstone of his writing career so far, a career that has led him to write ever broader surveys. In this volume, he does not offer any - thing surprising to specialists in southern religion, but he weaves decades of scholarship in the field into a concise and compelling story. Harvey frames the book around the region’s paradoxes. The central par- adox is that a region of diverse “religious ideas and expressions result[ed] in a dominant establishment at

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Mar 6, 2018

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