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Mississippi PrayingSouthern White Evangelicals and the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1975$
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Carolyn Renée Dupont

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708415

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708415.001.0001

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Segregation and the Religious Worlds of White Mississippians

Segregation and the Religious Worlds of White Mississippians

(p.15) 1 Segregation and the Religious Worlds of White Mississippians
Mississippi Praying

Carolyn Renée Dupont

NYU Press

This chapter discusses how segregation as a corporate enterprise would encounter no challenge from Mississippi's evangelicals, who remain deeply committed to their kind of Christianity and highly scornful of other versions of the faith. As a very secure institution, segregation could easily tolerate a wide variety of individual attitudes and actions toward African Americans. Evangelical religion faithfully guarded white supremacy's fundamental belief and myth: blacks suffered, but whites bore no blame for this agony. Mississippi could hardly claim distinction on this arrangement; but much of the aforementioned description could apply to almost any place in mid-twentieth century America. Though many American Christians claimed to believe in equality and universal brotherhood, connections between these convictions and their lived racial realities proved ambiguous.

Keywords:   segregation, Mississippi's evangelicals, Christianity, white supremacy, American Christians

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