250 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 22 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3532-3
Published: October 2017
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3531-6
Published: October 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3533-0
Published: September 2017
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From Tom Watson and W. E. B. Du Bois over a century ago to political commentators today, many have ruminated on how, despite material commonalities, the poor of the South have been perennially divided by racism. Through his excavation of a folk Christianity of the poor, which fused strands of African and European tradition into a new synthesis, John Hayes recovers a historically contingent moment of interracial exchange generated in hardship.
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John Hayes is associate professor of history at Augusta University.
For more information about John Hayes, visit the Author Page.
"A beautiful exploration and an excellent and unusual volume."--CHOICE
“Offers a glimpse of the remarkable creativity, passion, and tenacity of the poor Christians--black and white--who were thrown into a world that, in a variety of sometimes exclusive and sometimes overlapping ways, was predicated on their marginalization.”--Journal of the American Academy of Religion
“In this remarkable book, Hayes explores how poor black and white Christians shaped a ‘folk Christianity’ in the New South out of their common experiences with poverty and Christianity.”--The Journal of Southern History
"Hard, Hard Religion is a powerfully epic evocation and analysis of the biracial religious world of ordinary southerners who encountered and struggled with God, life, and death through visions, dreams, oral poetry, and song more than they did in formal religious institutions. It's a beautiful work, and a landmark in the field of American religious studies."--Paul Harvey, author of Christianity and Race in the American South: A History
"Offering much-needed insight into social class and poverty in the religious world of the early twentieth-century South, John Hayes’s fine study of folk religion reveals the rich emotional and aesthetic lives of its subjects. A fascinating book."--Fred Hobson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"John Hayes offers a fresh view of the New South that engages history, musicology, folklore, and material culture. This is an immensely rewarding piece of work from an original and skilled voice."-–Beth Barton Schweiger, author of The Gospel Working Up: Progress and the Pulpit in Nineteenth-Century Virginia