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Making the Bible BeltTexas Prohibitionists and the Politicization of Southern Religion$
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Joseph Locke

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190216283

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190216283.001.0001

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Triumph in the Churches

Triumph in the Churches

The Clerical Insurgency

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Making the Bible Belt

Joseph Locke

Oxford University Press

Decades of denominational construction and consolidation transformed Texas religion. Churches grew, ambition flourished, money flowed, and religious colleges and newspapers abounded. Denominational leaders had assembled the raw materials of the Bible Belt, and, at the turn of the twentieth century, labored to awaken within their congregations and their clergy the spirit of political activism. The postwar spiritual crisis still plagued anxious evangelicals, but clerical leaders complained that too many clergymen and too many congregations refused to act. Flush with visions of clerical empowerment and preaching the power of a new prohibition gospel, a clerical insurgency set out to conquer pulpits, congregations, and communities all across Texas.

Keywords:   prohibition, local option, moral reform, religious mobilization, anticlericalism, Edwin Mouzon

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