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No Depression in Heaven: Religion and the Great Depression in the Mississippi Delta

Alison Collis Greene


This book shows that the Great Depression and the New Deal transformed the relationship between church and state. Grounded in Memphis and the Delta, this book traces the collapse of voluntarism, the link between southern religion and the New Deal, and the gradual alienation of conservative Christianity from the state. At the start of the Great Depression, churches and voluntary societies provided the only significant source of aid for those in need in this southern region. Limited in scope, divided by race, and designed to control the needy as much as to support them, religious aid collapsed u ... More

Keywords: Great Depression, New Deal, religion, politics, Memphis, Delta, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199371877
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199371877.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Collis Greene, author
Assistant Professor of History, Mississippi State University