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The Secular Spectacle: Performing Religion in a Southern Town

Chad E. Seales


Narratives of secularism in the postbellum United States have been told from the perspective of liberal Protestantism in the northeast. This book reconsiders those stories from the viewpoint of evangelical Protestantism in the American South. Tracing the religious history of Siler City, North Carolina, Chad E. Seales argues that southern whites cultivated their own regional brand of American secularism and employed it, alongside their religious performances, in order to claim and regulate public spaces. Over the course of the twentieth century, they wielded secularism to spatially segregate ra ... More

Keywords: secularism, race, whiteness, southern religion, Latino Catholicism, migration, nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199860289
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860289.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chad E. Seales, author
University of Texas at Austin

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