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Mississippi Praying
Author: Carolyn Renee Dupont

ISBN: 9780814708415
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 303
Published: 8 August 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.0 x 2.3
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Winner of the 2013 Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize presented by the American Society of Church HistoryMississippi Praying examines the faith communities at ground-zero of the racial revolution that rocked America. This religious history of white Mississippians in the civil rights era shows how Mississippians' intense religious commitments played critical, rather than incidental, roles in their response to the movement for black equality. During the civil rights movement and since, it has perplexed many Americans that unabashedly Christian Mississippi could also unapologetically oppress its black population. Yet, as Carolyn Renee Dupont richly details, white southerners' evangelical religion gave them no conceptual tools for understanding segregation as a moral evil, and many believed that God had ordained the racial hierarchy. Challenging previous scholarship that depicts southern religious support for segregation as weak, Dupont shows how people of faith in Mississippi rejected the religious argument for black equality and actively supported the effort to thwart the ...

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