“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
“The author has immersed himself in the sources, but he emerges not with a narrow, tightly focused monograph, but rather with an astute, nuanced, and highly readable book.”
“Sparks has written a solid, thought-provoking work that tackles some of the most difficult issues in southern religious history.”
—Journal of Mississippi History
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.
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