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The Bible Told Them So: How Southern Evangelicals Fought to Preserve White Supremacy

J. Russell Hawkins


The Bible Told Them So explains why southern white evangelical Christians in South Carolina resisted the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Simply put, they believed the Bible told them so. Interpreting the Bible in such a way, these white Christians entered the battle against the civil rights movement certain that God was on their side. Ultimately, the civil rights movement triumphed in the 1960s and, with its success, fundamentally transformed American society. But such a victory did little to change southern white evangelicals’ theological commitment to segregation and white supr ... More

Keywords: race, religion, white evangelicals, segregation, segregationist Christianity, South Carolina, civil rights, colorblindness, Baptists, Methodists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197571064
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197571064.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Russell Hawkins, author
Professor of Humanities and History, John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana

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