Perspectives on Religion and Culture
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
Series: Religion in the South
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Crossroads are places of power and transformation. The traveler at a crossroads may suddenly change directions or transgress established boundaries; at the crossroads, different worlds come into...
Religious Aspects of Southern Culture
"Just a Little Talk with Jesus"
In December 1956 Elvis Presley dropped in at Sun Studios in Memphis, just as a Carl Perkins recording session was ending. Presley was now a national star, having transcended earlier that year his previous status as a regional rockabilly performer. That special day became...
Miami's Little Havana
In the summer of 1978 a brief article entitled "Neighbors Irate over Family's Shrine" appeared in the Miami Herald.1 The story told of a group of residents in the predominantly non-Latin city of South Miami who feared that a newly erected seven-foot shrine in the...
The Archaeology of African American Slave Religion in the Antebellum South
The archaeology of African slavery in the New World has expanded exponentially within the past twenty years.1 During this time, several historical archaeologists have diligently set about reconstructing...
For most preachers, Monday is a day of rest. For Joel Osteen, the forty-two-year-old pastor of Houston's mammoth Lakewood Church and the face of the world's most popular religious television...
Contextualizing the Apocalyptic Visions of McKendree Robbins Long
The Reverend McKendree Robbins Long (1888-1976), a native of Statesville, North Carolina, who spent much of his adult life as an itinerant preacher, produced a large and compelling oeuvre of religious paintings during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.1 These works...
Flannery O'Connor and the Southern Code of Manners
Lionel Trilling worried that the United States would never produce a classic novel because we lacked the basis for writing one–a European-styled struggle between the ancien régime and the nouveau...
Encounters in Southern Religion and Culture
Meetings at the Buddhist Temple
WOOD FOR SALE. It is a small sign made of plywood, painted white with red letters. Nailed to a short stake, it is stuck in the ground next to the driveway. Across the pavement a larger sign, mounted...
Feeding the Jewish Soul in the Delta Diaspora
Mention "The Delta" and vivid images come to mind of a dramatic, flat landscape etched by rows of cotton and bounded by the Mississippi River. One imagines catfish, juke joints, barbecue, and pickup...
"There Is Magic in Print"
Testimonials similar to these flooded Holiness and Pentecostal periodicals throughout the United States from 1906 to 1910, making the religious press instrumental in the revival's formation and perpetuation. 1 As correspondents penned their sentiments, Pentecostalism entered the South through the enthusiastic reports of an unconventional...
Scottish Heritage, Southern Style
During the past four decades, growing interest in Americans' cultural and ancestral ties to Scotland has produced hundreds of new clan and heritage societies and a steadily increasing number of Scottish Highland games. Scottish American ethnic awareness and...
"These Untutored Masses"
Historians of white and black religious culture in the post–Civil War American South have heretofore focused on the rebuilding of white southern churches, the religion of the Lost Cause, and the rise of African American denominations. Scholars have ignored the...
Religion and Markers of Identity
Purgatory in the Carolinas
During the nineteenth century, Charleston, South Carolina, was a major site of Catholic activity in the South. The Diocese of Charleston served the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, and although throughout most of these states Catholics lacked...
Baptist Women and the South
This article from the Statement of Faith of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International, an organization of Independent Baptist churches, summarizes the twofold approach of many, perhaps most, Baptist...
On an April Sunday afternoon in 1899, a crowd of five hundred men and boys in Coweta County, Georgia, seized by an "intense feeling of right and justice," forced a black day laborer to the outskirts of...
Fundamentalism in Recent Southern Culture
In fair weather and foul, the South is reputed; that is, it has reputation. Asking whether its reputation for this, that, or the other quality is justified has fascinated analysts–both Dixie admirers and detractors–for a very long time. One property long attributed to it,...
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