Race and Religion in the Modern South

18 Sep

The gift of a 1902 racist novel leads historian Bob Elder, on the faculty at Tabor College, to reflect that

I will keep it because we need to remember and be constantly reminded, as I was sitting in Arby’s, that there are no hard lines or sharp breaks that separate the past from the present. That in spite of our best efforts, we can never completely free ourselves from the past, and so we would do well to be conscious of it. Sitting on my shelf, the book reminds me.

You can read Elder’s entire essay here:

Religion in American History: A Brush with Evil in Arby’s: Race and Religion in the Modern South.

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2 Responses to “Race and Religion in the Modern South”

  1. Michael & Carolyn Yoder September 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Sobering, but revealing book, especially since owned by clergy. Have you read Campbell and Pettigrew’s study of attitudes of Little Rock AR ministers toward school desegregation and their sermons during the desegregation “battle” there? Sorry I can’t think of the title off hand.

    Hope you and Joan are well and enjoying the new Learning Center. We are just now moving into the house we had built here and enjoying eggs from our own hens. Hi to Joan.

    Mike

    • Douglas Firth Anderson September 18, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

      The book you mention sounds vaguely familiar–I probably read a review of it somewhere … Happy moving in, you two! We miss you here.

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