On Jordan’s Stormy Banks
Evangelicalism in Mississippi, 1773–1876

Randy J. Sparks


“An important book that deserves a wide reading by those who seek a better understanding of the development of evangelicalism in the South. . . . Sparks has made a significant contribution to American religious history in tracing the development of evangelicalism, specifically the Methodists, Baptists, and Presbyterians, in Mississippi over a hundred-year period. Most important, Sparks demonstrates what happened to those groups as they made their transition from sect to denomination, a transition that was essentially complete by 1830.”
Journal of American History

“This examination of religion in Mississippi is the most detailed, careful look we have at the origins and early development of a distinctive religion that took root in the nineteenth-century South. It provides concrete answers to major questions long asked about how the Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians came to cultural preeminence in the South.”
—Charles Reagan Wilson

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On Jordan’s Stormy Banks is a social history of southern evangelicalism from the late eighteenth century to the end of Reconstruction. By focusing on the three largest evangelical denominations in a single state—Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian—Randy J. Sparks charts the rise of evangelicals on the southern frontier and their remarkable increase in numbers, wealth, and influence throughout the remainder of the period.

Page count: 292 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9


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Randy J. Sparks is a professor of history at Tulane University. His books include The Two Princes of Calabar: An Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey, Religion in Mississippi, and several coedited volumes on the history of the Atlantic World.