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.


August 28, 2018

John Corrigan, ed. Religion, Space, and the Atlantic World

Reviewed by Bradford J. Wood

Julia C. Duin. In the House of the Serpent Handler: A Story of Faith and Fleeting Fame in the Age of Social Media

Reviewed by Michael J. McVicar

John Hayes. Hard, Hard Religion: Interracial Faith in the Poor South

Reviewed by Heath W. Carter

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