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This well-researched and carefully nuanced study argues that southern white evangelicals became defenders of slavery because of—and through intimate association with—black evangelicals. The great success of this book as history is Irons’s demonstration that religion was just as important as race, class or gender in shaping the antebellum South. Its great success as history-teaching-by-example is his demonstration not only of the power of the gospel to change lives, but also of the power of cultural conventions to disfigure the gospel.


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