Volume 20 (2018)


Southern Cross at Twenty Years (February 16, 2018)

Southern Cross book coverTwenty years ago, the JSR published a featured review forum on the then recently released Southern Cross: The Beginnings of the Bible Belt. The book would win the Bancroft Prize in 1998, and it has appeared in undergraduate classrooms and graduate seminars ever since. We decided to revisit the book at twenty years. The four contributors engage the books last effects and Christine Heyrman reflects on how the book set a particular trajectory for her research.


April 26, 2018

D. H. Dilbeck. Frederick Douglass: American Prophet

Reviewed by Daniel L. Fountain

Joseph L. Locke. Making the Bible Belt: Texas Prohibitionists and the Politicization of Southern Religion 

Reviewed by Michael Phillips

Mary Beth Swetnam Mathews. Doctrine and Race: African American Evangelicals and Fundamentalism Between the Wars

Reviewed by Matthew J. Zacharia Harper


Shari Rabin. Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America

Reviewed by Bryan Edward Stone

Judith Weisenfeld. New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Migration

Reviewed by Darrius D. Hills