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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

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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

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

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

"[T]his book is a testimony to years of serious reflection on a mountain of material."
The North Carolina Historical Review

"Harvey has produced a beautifully written, detailed, and textured work that history readers will savor."

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

"[H]is interpretive theme of illusive freedom proves an effective way to make religion central to the overall southern story."
— Charles Reagan Wilson, University of Mississippi, general editor of The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

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This sweeping portrait of religion in the South puts race and culture at the center of more than a century of spiritual and political strife. Harvey deploys cultural history in fresh and innovative ways and fills a decades-old need for a comprehensive history of religion and its relationship to the central question of race in the South for the postbellum and twentieth-century period.

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Paul Harvey is Professor of History and Presidential Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado and "blogmeister" of the Religion in American History blog at His personal webpage is at You can follow Paul on twitter @pharvey61. Paul is also the co-author of the new book The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in American History.

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