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Strangers Below: Primitive Baptists and American Culture

Joshua Guthman


Before the Bible Belt fastened itself across the South, competing factions of evangelicals fought over their faith's future, and a contrarian sect, self-named the Primitive Baptists, made its stand. This book tells the story of how a band of antimissionary and antirevivalistic Baptists defended Calvinism, America's oldest Protestant creed, from what they feared were the unbridled forces of evangelical greed and power. In their harrowing confessions of faith and in the quavering uncertainty of their singing, the book finds the emotional catalyst of the Primitives' early nineteenth-century movem ... More

Keywords: Bible Belt, South, evangelicals, Primitive Baptists, Calvinism, Civil War, African Americans, Roscoe Holcombe, Ralph Stanley

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469624860
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624860.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Guthman, author