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Politics and Religion in the White South$
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Glenn Feldman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123639

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123639.001.0001

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

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

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(p.101) 4 Religion, Race, and the Right in the South, 1945–1990
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Politics and Religion in the White South
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Paul Harvey

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813123639.003.0005

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

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