This epilogue narrates the decline of church discipline in the South in the last half of the nineteenth century and connects this decline to the decline of honor as a vital ethical system in the Deep South during the same period. The rise of new ways of defining individual identity, always present in the evangelical emphasis on personal conversion, came to the fore during this period, even as the burden of maintaining order in these communities shifted from churches to the civil institutions of the court and the state legislature. These shifts combined to make evangelicalism in the Deep South at the beginning of the twentieth century a much different, and more modern, form of religious expression than it had been at the beginning of the nineteenth.
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