Maura Jane Farrelly. I was perfectly content with this section of my American religious history course until I read your book Papist Patriots: The Making of an American Catholic Identity. My pedagogical rut has me spending a good bit of time on Native Americans and French and Spanish missions (for obvious reasons). Then I turn to the Puritans (anyone see that coming?), with heavy doses of that whole "City upon a Hill" thing (OK, Mark Peterson messed that up too). Meanwhile, my treatment of English Catholicism consists of a perfunctory reference to the Calverts and "An Act Concerning Religion." Time permitting, I talk about how Bishop John Carroll mitigated the anti-Catholicism of his time.
But Farrelly makes the convincing case that I need to do more. For starters, Carroll drew from a discourse that had been swirling in the Maryland air for decades prior. Additionally, Papist Patriots offers exceptional background on Catholicism in England, and how these trends, practices, and patterns transferred to the colony. I could go on, but just go ahead and read some dude's review of the book and listen to the recent JSR podcast with Farrelly. I especially appreciate her concluding thoughts on how her work—to include her JSR article, "Catholics in the Early South"—might influence the broader telling of southern religious history.
This show looks at the Fall 2012 special issue of Perspectives in Religious Studies, a journal published by the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion. The podcast opens with Joe Coker, who edited the issue and became interested in the topic while writing his outstanding book, Liquor in the Land of the Lost Cause. Next, I talk with contributors John Hayes and Glenn Feldman. Hayes's article is a preview of his forthcoming book on folk Christianity in the South. And Feldman's article deals with themes addressed in his new book, Painting Dixie Red: When, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican
|"The fight! There was no fight." Jack London, 1908|
- Joe Coker, "Editorial Introduction: Southern Evangelicals Engage the Culture of the New South, 1880-1930"
- John Hayes, "The Evangelical Ethos and the Spirit of Capitalism"
- Arthur Remillard, "Between Faith and Fistic Battles: Moralists, Enthusiasts, and the Idea of Jack Johnson in the New South"
- Paul Harvey, "'The Right-Minded Members of that Race': Southern Religious Progressives Confront Race, 1880-1930"
- Fred Arthur Bailey, "Schooling the Negro to His Proper Subordination: White Protestants and Black Education in the New South"
- Kelly J. Baker, "Evangelizing Klansmen, Nationalizing the South: Faith, Fraternity, and Lost Cause Religion in the 1920s Klan"
- Glenn Feldman, "Making 'The Southern Religion': Economics, Theology, Martial Patriotism, and Social Indifference—(and the Big Bang Theory of Modern American Politics)"