Religion, Race, and the Right in the South, 1945–1990

Paul Harvey

in Politics and Religion in the White South

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123639
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134758 | DOI:
Religion, Race, and the Right in the South, 1945–1990

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This chapter examines the evolution of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the largest and probably most representative denominational institution in the American South, from 1945 to 1990. The findings suggest that though forces associated with the Religious Right decisively lost the battle over civil rights, they won the larger cultural war for the soul of white Southern believers. This victory took the form of the modern Republican Party in a partisan sense, and it meant a complete rout of the moderates by the conservatives in the SBC in the denominational sense.

Keywords: SBC; denominational institution; American South; Religious Right; civil rights; white believers; Republican Party

Chapter.  9921 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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