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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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Conversations about Race in the Post-War World

Conversations about Race in the Post-War World

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Mississippi Praying
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Carolyn Renée Dupont

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814708415.003.0003

This chapter talks about how Mississippians manifest important trends in American religious life due to their extraordinary spiritual energy, their increased connections to national faith communities, and their thick involvement in global religious affairs. In the first post-war decade, a national revival and changing religious demography profoundly altered Mississippi evangelicals' world. They found themselves joined to national constituencies, and the institutions that had once marked their separateness as southerners now bound them to other Americans. These religious reconfigurations thrust Americans and Mississippians into potentially transformative conversations about faith and white supremacy. Still, most white Americans and Mississippians remained uninterested in changing the racial status quo; nonetheless, their religious connections plunged them into racial conversations they could not avoid.

Keywords:   American religious life, Mississippian evangelicals, global religious affairs, national faith communities, white supremacy, racial status quo

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