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Hard, Hard ReligionInterracial Faith in the Poor South$
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John Hayes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635323

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635323.001.0001

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Beneath the Bible Belt

Beneath the Bible Belt

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(p.1) Introduction Beneath the Bible Belt
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Hard, Hard Religion
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John Hayes

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635323.003.0001

This chapter sets the stage by suggesting the presence of a hidden regional religious culture beneath the familiar “Bible Belt”. It explains why Southern historians and religious studies scholars haven’t seen this culture, then introduces it with two ripe anecdotes, from Lloyd Chandler and Vera Hall. The chapter also explains why the category of “folk religion” is appropriate for analyzing this culture.

Keywords:   Bible Belt, Poor, Class, Lloyd Chandler, Vera Hall, Folk religion

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