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Unto the Breach

Joseph Locke

in Making the Bible Belt

Published in print September 2017 | ISBN: 9780190216283
Published online June 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190216313 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190216283.003.0008
Unto the Breach

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An aggressive clerical mood penetrated the deepest ranks of religious leadership and convinced evangelical Texans to overcome their doubts and refuse to yield any longer to the culture of anticlericalism. All over the state—and the region—activists undertook the prohibition crusade. Moral reforms attracted massive numbers, mobilized communities, created new organizations and institutions, and ultimately transformed the very nature of religion in Texas. Politics and Christianity became increasingly intertwined, grafted together so seamlessly that the two seemed indistinguishable. Religious leaders preached the prohibition gospel and, fighting county by county in local option elections, dried up great swaths of the state.

Keywords: local option; Prohibition; moral reform; church and state; Oscar Colquitt; James Ferguson; George C. Rankin; statewide prohibition; anticlericalism; Farmers Union

Chapter.  11809 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas ; History of Religion

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