Gods of the Mississippi

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Michael Pasquier
Indiana University Press, Feb 27, 2013 - Religion - 240 pages
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From the colonial period to the present, the Mississippi River has impacted religious communities from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Exploring the religious landscape along the 2,530 miles of the largest river system in North America, the essays in Gods of the Mississippi make a compelling case for American religion in motion—not just from east to west, but also from north to south. With discussion of topics such as the religions of the Black Atlantic, religion and empire, antebellum religious movements, the Mormons at Nauvoo, black religion in the delta, Catholicism in the Deep South, and Johnny Cash and religion, this volume contributes to a richer understanding of this diverse, dynamic, and fluid religious world.

 

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Contents

FOREWORD Catherine L Albanese and Stephen J Stein
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The River and Religions of the Black Atlantic
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Religion and American Empire in Mississippi 17901833 Sylvester Johnson
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Civil Religious Competition at the Source of
Antebellum New Religious Movements and
No Mississippi Mormon Nauvoo and the Rhetoric
The Mississippi River and the Transformation of Black Religion in the Delta 1877
Religion and the Rural Crisis in the Delta
Place Memory and the Sacred in River Road Catholicism
Johnny Cash and the Currents of History John Hayes
No Home Like a Raft Repositioning the Narratives of US Religious
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Michael Pasquier is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Louisiana State University. He is author of Fathers on the Frontier: French Missionaries and the Roman Catholic Priesthood in the United States, 1789-1870 and co-editor of the Journal of Southern Religion.

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