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Christian Citizens – Reading the Bible in Black and White in the Postemancipation South - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Christian Citizens: Reading the Bible in Black and White in the Postemancipation South

Elizabeth L. Jemison


With emancipation, a long battle for equal citizenship began. Bringing together the histories of religion, race, and the South, Elizabeth L. Jemison shows how southerners, black and white, drew on biblical narratives as the basis for very different political imaginaries during and after Reconstruction. Focusing on everyday Protestants in the Mississippi River Valley, Jemison scours their biblical thinking and religious attitudes toward race. She argues that the evangelical groups that dominated this portion of the South shaped contesting visions of black and white rights. Black evangelicals s ... More

Keywords: Christians, Citizenship, White supremacist, Social order, Southerners, Christian identity, Equality, Evangelicals, Protestants, Reconstruction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469659695
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469659695.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth L. Jemison, author
Clemson University

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