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  • The Final Pagan Generationby Edward J. Watts

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 34.95

    The Final Pagan Generation recounts the fascinating story of the lives and fortunes of the last Romans born before the Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity. Edward J. Watts traces their experiences of living through the fourth century?s dramatic religious and political changes, when heated confrontations saw the Christian establishment legislate... more...

  • Religion In Antebellum Kentuckyby John B. Boles

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 18.00

    Religion permeated the day-to-day life of antebellum Kentucky. This engaging account of Kentucky's various Christian denominations, first published as part of the Kentucky Bicentennial Bookshelf, traces the history of the Great Revival of 1800--1805, the subsequent schism in Protestant ranks, the rise of Catholicism, the development of a distinctive... more...

  • Religion and the Radical Republican Movement, 1860-1870by Victor B. Howard

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Kentucky occupied an unusual position with regard to slavery during the Civil War as well as after. Since the state never seceded, the emancipation proclamation did not free the majority of Kentucky's slaves; in fact, Kentucky and Delaware were the only two states where legal slavery still existed when the thirteenth amendment was adopted by Congress.... more...

  • Episcopalians and Raceby Jr. Gardiner H. Shattuck

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 32.00

    Meeting at an African American college in North Carolina in 1959, a group of black and white Episcopalians organized the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity and pledged to oppose all distinctions based on race, ethnicity, and social class. They adopted a motto derived from Psalm 133: ""Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is, for brethren... more...

  • Letters from a Young Shakerby William S. Byrd

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 22.00

    In the early nineteenth century, a young man belonging to the prominent Byrd family of Virginia, the grandson of William Byrd III, took up residence in the Shaker community at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. Over the next two years, 1826--1828, he wrote a series of letters to his father, a federal judge in Ohio, describing his experiences and his impressions... more...

  • Serving Two Mastersby Elisabeth W. Sommer

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 60.00

    The eighteenth century was a time of significant change in the perception of marriage and family relations, the emphasis of reason over revelation, and the spread of political consciousness. The Unity of the Brethren, known in America as Moravians, experienced the resulting tensions firsthand as they organized their protective religious settlements... more...

  • A Genealogy of Dissentby David Stricklin

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 60.00

    Between the Civil War and the turn of the last century, Southern Baptists gained prominence in the religious life of the South. As their power increased, they became defenders of the racial, political, social, and economic status quo. By the beginning of this century, however, a feisty tradition of dissent began to appear in Southern Baptist life... more...

  • Jonathan Dickinson and the Formative Years of American Presbyterianismby Bryan F. LeBeau

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 42.00

    During the eighteenth century Presbyterians of the Middle Colonies were separated by divergent allegiances, mostly associated with groups migrating from New England with an English Puritan background and from northern Ireland with a Scotch-lrish tradition. Those differences led first to a fiery ordeal of ecclesiastical controversy and then to a spiritual... more...

  • Children of Wrathby Leo Hirrel

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 42.00

    In an exciting reinterpretation of the early nineteenth century, Leo Hirrel demonstrates the importance of religious ideas by exploring the relationship between religion and reform efforts during a crucial period in American history. The result is a work that moves the history of antebellum reform to a higher level of sophistication. Hirrel focuses... more...

  • All According to God's Planby Alan Scot Willis

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 60.00

    Southern Baptists had long considered themselves a missionary people, but when, after World War II, they embarked on a dramatic expansion of missionary efforts, they confronted headlong the problem of racism. Believing that racism hindered their evangelical efforts, the Convention's full-time missionaries and mission board leaders attacked racism... more...