reviews Our regular review section features some of the best new books, films, and sound recordings in southern studies. From time to time, you'll also find reviews of important new museum exhibitions and public history sites, and retrospectives on classic works that continue to shape our understanding of the region and its people. Our aim is to explore the rich diversity of southern life and the methods and approaches of those who study it. Southern Cross The Beginnings of the Bible Belt By Christine Leigh Heyrman Alfred A. Knopf, 1 997 352 pp. Cloth, $27.50 Reviewed by Gaines M. Foster, associate professor of history at Ixmisiana State University and author of Ghosts ofthe Confederacy: Defeat, the Lost Cause, and the Emergence ofthe New South. The Bible Belt. Few images of the South have a more tenacious grip on the popular imagination. Many who use the term as shorthand for evangelicalism's centrality to southern culture assume it has always been so. The South, after all, never changes. Southern Cross should help dispel the idea of a seamless history of evangelical domination. Christine Leigh Heyrman shows how what came to be the religion of the South began as an "exotic
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 4, 1998
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