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Victoria E. Bynum

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627052

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627052.001.0001

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Antebellum Life on the Leaf River

Antebellum Life on the Leaf River

Gender, Violence, and Religious Strife

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(p.71) Chapter Four Antebellum Life on the Leaf River
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"The Free State of Jones, Movie Edition"
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Victoria E. Bynum

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627052.003.0004

This chapter draws on county records, personal letters, and the Leaf River Baptist Church minutes, 1829-1861, to demonstrate the influence of religious schisms, personal feuds, and local violence on the inner civil war that later erupted in Jones County. In addition to analyzing the church’s doctrinal conflicts, this chapter studies the nature of discipline imposed on unruly men, women, and slaves; it finds that many of the accused (including Newt Knight’s father and grandfather) were from families that later opposed Confederate authority. In contrast, Rev. Asaph Robertson, son of Rev. Norvell Robertson, led the Leaf River Church to support the cause of secession. Antebellum disputes over church reform, punishment of unruly behaviour, and race and gender-based discipline anticipated divisions among the same families during the Civil War.

Keywords:   Leaf River Baptist Church, religious schisms, pro-missionary Baptists, evangelical discipline, True Womanhood, slave-master relations, family feuds

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