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Freedom's Coming: Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era Hardcover – February 28, 2005


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"Freedom's Coming is an intriguing study and a welcomed addition to the literature on religion and social transformation." -- Journal of American History

"Harvey fills a significant void in the literature appraising southern religious life." -- Journal of Southern History

"[A] fascinating study of religion in the post-Civil War South. . . . [Harvey's] insightful, humane book deserves a wide readership." -- American Historical Review

Harvey's survey of both white and black Christianity through post-Civil War history is . . . excellent. -- Foreign Affairs, May/June 2005

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[A] rich, complex book. . . . An important contribution to the history of religion and race in the South.--Anglican and Episcopal History



Harvey has produced a beautifully written, detailed, and textured work that history readers will savor. His combination of narrative and historical outline deepens the reader's understanding of the complexities of religion, race, and history in the American South.--Choice



[An] ambitious study of the ways in which southern peoples of all races and many Protestant denominations responded to emancipation, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement.--Journal of African American History



Because Freedom's Coming so perfectly digests the best new works on the South, this is the place to play catch-up on southern religious scholarship. . . . The religious cultures of the South are too important and too unwieldy to be exhausted in one book, but if you're looking for a place to start, there isn't a better place than Freedom's Coming.--Southern Cultures



[Harvey] offers a lucid analysis of the dashed hopes of both African Americans and northern missionaries--and a few indigenous white progressives. . . . Freedom's Coming is well written and accessible to anyone interested in the questions of race and religion in the South. Historians will find the work well researched.--The Alabama Review



Freedom's Coming is an intriguing study and a welcomed addition to the literature on religion and social transformation.--Journal of American History



[A] fascinating study of religion in the post-Civil War South. . . . [Harvey's] insightful, humane book deserves a wide readership.--American Historical Review



A study that brings together the fields of religious history, southern political history, African American and women's history, it is certainly a fine contribution to any scholar's library.--Arkansas Review



Bridging the fields of religious history, black history, gender, politics, and the history of the New South, Freedom's Coming will establish Paul Harvey's reputation as one of the most perceptive commentators on southern religion writing in the United States today. Particularly strong are Harvey's discussion of the many efforts at cooperation between black and white southern evangelicals and his examination of the social work of white and black church women.--Clarence E. Walker, University of California at Davis



In tracking the hegemonic culture in the century after Reconstruction, Harvey fills a significant void in the literature appraising southern religious life.--Journal of Southern History



A comprehensive investigation of religion in the post-Civil War and twentieth-century South. . . . An enlighening introduction to the intricate mix of politics, race, and religion that helped to shape history in the American South--The Courier



Harvey's survey of both white and black Christianity through post-Civil War history is an excellent introduction to the complicated mix of politics and religion that took shape in the Jim Crow years.--Foreign Affairs



There is much about Harvey's book worth commending. It is an excellent history of the role that religion played in the racial culture of the South from the Civil War to the 1960s. . . . [Harvey] does a wonderful job of synthesizing a massive amount of material into a comprehensive study.--Faith & Mission



A wonderful book, useful for classes, well written and thoroughly researched. In properly bringing many unstudied and poorly studied characters to the forefront of southern history, it thinks wisely and widely about the places of religion in southern life.--Ted Ownby, Church History



For those who wondered how Paul Harvey might follow up Redeeming the South, wonder no more. Harvey's latest work . . . is certain to make a lasting impression on southern studies. . . . Harvey has well earned his reputation for being a first-rate researcher, and this book is a testimony to years of serious reflection on a mountain of material.--The North Carolina Historical Review



In this amazingly successful book, Harvey provides a grand and sweeping examination of religion and southern culture from the Civil War to the present. With terrific dexterity and succinct prose, he mixes and matches hundreds of individual biographies and stories to show religion's power in southern politics, reform crusades, and cultural expression.--H-Net Reviews



Paul Harvey seamlessly interweaves the histories of black and white southerners into a common religious history of the American South. His command of primary sources is unmatched, and his interpretive theme of illusive freedom proves an effective way to make religion central to the overall southern story.--Charles Reagan Wilson, University of Mississippi



Harvey has done it again. . . . An outstanding contribution to studies in American cultural and religious history.--Baptist History-Heritage



Adds much to a rich literature on the South and religion.--Florida Historical Quarterly



A sweeping examination of Christianity in the South between the end of the Civil War and the late twentieth century.--Journal of Mississippi History

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