Strangers Below: Primitive Baptists and American Culture (Paperback)Joshua Guthman (author)
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But Primitives' old orthodoxies proved startlingly flexible. After the Civil War, African American Primitives elevated a renewed Calvinism coursing with freedom's energies. Tracing the faith into the twentieth century, Guthman demonstrates how a Primitive Baptist spirit, unmoored from its original theological underpinnings, seeped into the music of renowned southern artists such as Roscoe Holcomb and Ralph Stanley, whose ""high lonesome sound"" appealed to popular audiences searching for meaning in the drift of postwar American life. In an account that weaves together religious, emotional, and musical histories, Strangers Below demonstrates the unlikely but enduring influence of Primitive Baptists on American religious and cultural life.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 16 mm
[Guthman] does an excellent job recounting the group's formation during the late stages of the Second Great Awakening.--West Virginia History
Filled with great insight. The book should be of interest to scholars of southern (and specifically Appalachian) history, emotion, and religion, religion and popular culture, as well as to scholars of Baptist history. Guthman contributes greatly to the history of this small group of often overlooked nineteenth-century.--Journal of Southern Religion
Guthman's haunting, poetic style is perfectly matched to his subjects, and the book is not only an important contribution to southern religious history but also a delight to read.--Choice
A wholly original contribution to American religious history, and to the new field of the history of emotion.--American Historical Review
Brilliantly reveals the lived experience of Primitives.--Journal of Southern History
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