Religion in the Old South : a pattern of behavior and thought

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1944

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Dorough, C. Dwight (Charles Dwight), 1912-

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What is here proposed is a description of the religious behavior and thought of the people of the Old South, principally in the often glorified decades between 1830 and 1860. We shall not be so much concerned with innovators (of whom there were only a beggar's few) as with the common climate of opinion which united all classes: the vanishing aristocrats with the instinct to govern; the men of the middle class, or bourgeoisie, with new-found techniques in commerce, industry, or legalized exploitation; and the God-fearing 'poor folks,' black and white, who eked out a bare existence from a soil and environment that were not always too friendly

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