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Hard, Hard Religion: Interracial Faith in the Poor South

John Hayes


This close analysis of faith and class shows that in the early 20th century South, poor whites and poor blacks exchanged songs, tales, lore, material display, and proverbs with each other, forging a shared religious vision and learning from each other about what it meant to live as Christians in a world of severe struggle. Beneath the well-documented religious forms of the New South’s “Bible Belt”, this folk Christianity spoke from the margins of capitalist development, giving voice to modern phenomena like alienation and disenchantment. Through haunting songs of death, mystical tales of conve ... More

Keywords: Poor, Folk Christianity, Interracial, Class, New South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469635323
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635323.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Hayes, author
Augusta University