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Making the Bible Belt: Texas Prohibitionists and the Politicization of Southern Religion

Joseph Locke


By reconstructing the religious crusade to achieve prohibition in Texas, Making the Bible Belt reveals how southern religious leaders overcame long-standing anticlerical traditions and built a powerful political movement that injected religion irreversibly into public life. H.L. Mencken coined the term “Bible Belt” in the 1920s to capture the peculiar alliance of religion and public life in the American South, but the reality he described was only the closing chapter of a long historical process. Through the politics of prohibition, and in the face of bitter resistance, a complex but shared co ... More

Keywords: history, Prohibition, Bible Belt, southern history, religion and politics, Eighteenth Amendment, church and state, anticlericalism, Texas, temperance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190216283
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190216283.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Locke, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of Houston-Victoria