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Robert Elder

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627564

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627564.001.0001

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An Everlasting Name

An Everlasting Name

Ambition, Fame, Duty, Death, and the Evangelical Ideal

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(p.175) Chapter Six An Everlasting Name
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Robert Elder

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627564.003.0007

This chapter examines funeral sermons preached for evangelical clergy to argue that evangelical ministers sought fame and lasting reputation in their occupations, especially as evangelicalism became one of the central pillars of southern society in the antebellum period. The idea of a “name” constructed in life and lasting after death was one of the most significant concerns of a culture of honor in the Deep South, and ministers struggled to adapt notions of ambition, duty, and fame to their identities as humble messengers of God.

Keywords:   Honor, Duty, Fame, Death, Ambition, Clergy, Urban, Reputation, Identity

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