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The Sacred Mirror: "Evangelicalism, Honor, and Identity in the Deep South, 1790-1860"

Robert Elder

Abstract

Most histories of the American South describe the conflict between evangelical religion and honor culture as one of the defining features of southern life before the Civil War. The Sacred Mirror is a comprehensive reinterpretation of that relationship that examines how the success of evangelicalism during this period actually depended on its ability to address and draw on this vital part of the traditional culture of the South. Evangelical churches embraced the same understanding of communal authority that nourished a culture of honor in the South, serving as a kind of cultural bridge between ... More

Keywords: Evangelicalism, Honor, Identity, Religion, American South, Modernity, Church discipline, Slavery, Gender, Baptist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469627564
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627564.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Elder, author