Volume 18 (2016)

Panel Book Review

Kathryn Gin Lum, Damned Nation: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction

Shelby M. Balik

Seth Perry

W. Scott Poole

Author's Response

Kathryn Gin Lum

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Southern Religion through its Dissenters, Outsiders, and Critics (September 13, 2016)

Earlier in this volume, as part of our ongoing effort to expand the scope of topics and approaches in the journal, JSR published a forum on "Southern Religion and the Atlantic World." This forum, on "Dissenters, Outsiders, and Critics," works toward a similar goal. Whereas the previous forum analyzed and expanded the "southern" in southern religion, this one takes a critical look at the "religion." Edited by Charles McCrary, this forum contains four essays that examine southern religion through lenses provided by subjects who often are excluded from dominant depictions of southern religion.

Do New Histories of Slavery Mean New Histories of Southern Evangelicalism? (September 1, 2016)

In January at the AHA/ASCH meeting, a group of scholars examined how new scholarship on the history of slavery might affect scholars who focus on religion. Convened by Bob Elder at the meeting, JSR is honored to share the panel with a broader audience. Our hope is is that we can continue to share panel presentations in the Forums section as we continue to think critically about the role of religion in the American South.

JSR has spent the better part of the past two years thinking about how we can expand the journal's scope to include topics not typically associated with our content. Associate Editor, Emily Suzanne Clark, asked three scholars to contemplate what it means to think about southern religion in an Atlantic World context. Jon Sensbach agreed to respond to these three essays. We are hopeful that this forum starts a conversation about what we mean when we say southern and religion. We also hope to continue the conversation in a variety of ways in the future.


William H. Barnwell. Lead Me On, Let Me Stand: A Clergyman’s Story in White and Black.

Reviewed by Joseph T. Reiff

Seth Dowland. Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right.

Reviewed by Jason C. Bivins

Bridget Ford. Bonds of Union:  Religion, Race, and Politics in a Civil War Borderland.

Reviewed by Timothy L. Wesley


Alison Collis Greene. No Depression in Heaven: The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta.

Reviewed by Jarod Roll

Houston Hartsfield Holloway, with David E. Paterson, ed. In His own Words: Houston H. Holloway’s Slavery, Emancipation, and Ministry in Georgia.

Reviewed by John M. Giggie



April 11, 2016

Edward R. Crowther & Keith Harper, eds. Between Fetters and Freedom.

Reviewed by Nathan Saunders


Robert Emmett Curran. Papist Devils.

Reviewed by Michael S. Carter


Robert Elder. The Sacred Mirror.

Reviewed by Keith Harper


Gastón Espinoza. Latino Pentecostals in America.

Reviewed by Néstor A. Gómez-Morales


Carol V.R. George. One Mississippi, Two Mississippi.

Reviewed by Joel L. Alvis, Jr.


Keith Harper, editor. Through a Glass Darkly.

Reviewed by Courtney Pace


Joanna Brooks, Rachel Hunt Steenblik, and Hannah Wheelwright, eds. Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings.

Reviewed by Mandy E. McMichael


Joseph S. Moore. Founding Sins.

Reviewed by Timothy L. Wesley

Priscilla Pope-Levison. Building the Old Time Religion.

Reviewed by Katherine E. Rohrer


Joseph T. Reiff. Born of Conviction.

Reviewed by Colin B. Chapell


Kodi A. Roberts. Voodoo and Power.

Reviewed by Yvonne P. Chireau


Phillip Luke Sinitiere. Salvation with a Smile.

Reviewed by Randall Balmer


Regina D. Sullivan and Monte Harrell Hampton, eds. Varieties of Southern Religious History.

Reviewed by Seth Dowland


Richard C. Traylor. Born of Water & Spirit.

Reviewed by James Duane Bolin


J. Berry Vaughn. Bishops, Bourbons, & Big Mules.

Reviewed by William Jason Wallace


Louis Venters. No Jim Crow Church.

Reviewed by Kevin Boland Johnson