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Evangelizing the South: A Social History of Church and State in Early America

Monica Najar


Although many refer to the American South as the “Bible Belt”, the region was not always characterized by a powerful religious culture. In the 17th century and early 18th century, religion was virtually absent from southern culture. The late 18th century and early 19th century, however, witnessed the astonishingly rapid rise of evangelical religion in the Upper South. Within just a few years, evangelicals had spread their beliefs and their fervor, gaining converts and building churches throughout Virginia and North Carolina and into the western regions. This book argues that early evangelicals ... More

Keywords: American South, Bible Belt, evangelicalism, Upper South, Virginia, North Carolina, church-state relations, southern society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195309003
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309003.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Monica Najar, author
Lehigh University