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Racial violence and religion in the New South

Ivan Evans

in Cultures of Violence

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780719079047
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702208 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719079047.003.0005
Racial violence and religion in the New South

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This chapter shows that while Evangelical Protestantism in the South did not ‘cause’ lynching, it did, however, establish a cultural predisposition which normalized lynching. Because it left unexamined the many social and political asymmetries in Southern society, evangelical Protestantism remained ‘generally aligned with the causes of conservatism, aesthetic vacuity, anti-intellectualism, provincialism, [and] resistance to new cultural currents’. Although the alignment was never perfect, and many ministers and theologians denounced lynching as fundamentally un-Christian, the organizing creeds of evangelical Protestantism were still sufficient to sustain lynching as a religious and specifically Christian practice.

Keywords: American South; religion; lynching; evangelical Protestantism

Chapter.  14482 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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