Gods of the Mississippi

Gods of the Mississippi

Edited by Michael Pasquier
Distribution: World
Publication date: 2/6/2013
Format: paper 240 pages
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-00806-0
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From the colonial period to the present, the Mississippi River has impacted religious communities from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Exploring the religious landscape along the 2,530 miles of the largest river system in North America, the essays in Gods of the Mississippi make a compelling case for American religion in motion—not just from east to west, but also from north to south. With discussion of topics such as the religions of the Black Atlantic, religion and empire, antebellum religious movements, the Mormons at Nauvoo, black religion in the delta, Catholicism in the Deep South, and Johnny Cash and religion, this volume contributes to a richer understanding of this diverse, dynamic, and fluid religious world.

Author Bio

Michael Pasquier is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Louisiana State University. He is author of Fathers on the Frontier: French Missionaries and the Roman Catholic Priesthood in the United States, 1789-1870 and co-editor of the Journal of Southern Religion.

Reviews

"Gods of the Mississippi examines how religion moved and adapted along the Mississippi River and its banks from expeditions to its source to living in its delta. . . . What follows the Introduction are nine excellent essays and an epilogue by Thomas Tweed. . . . Gods of the Mississippi bucks against an east-to-west story of American religious history and narrates a story from the continent’s interior." —Religion in American History

"Gods of the Mississippi succeeds on two fronts. It will certainly serve as an essential resource for scholars of religion in the South, not to mention those interested specifically in religion on and along the great river. What is more, this collection now stands as an invaluable example of precisely how scholars can retell religious history in the United States and across the Americas." —Journal of Southern Religion

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Table of Contents

Foreword \ Catherine L. Albanese and Stephen J. Stein
Acknowledgments

Introduction: Religious Life on the Mississippi \ Michael Pasquier
1. "The Singing of the Mississippi": The River and Religions of the Black Atlantic \ Jon F. Sensbach
2. Religion and American Empire in Mississippi, 1790–1833 \ Sylvester Johnson
3. Movement, Maps, and Wonder: Civil Religious Competition at the Source of the Mississippi River, 1805–1832 \ Arthur Remillard
4. Looking for the New Jerusalem: Antebellum New Religious Movements and the Mississippi River \ Thomas Ruys Smith
5. "Go Down into Jordan: No, Mississippi": Mormon Nauvoo and the Rhetoric of Landscape \ Seth Perry
6. The Mississippi River and the Transformation of Black Religion in the Delta, 1877–1915 \ John M. Giggie
7. The Redemption of Souls and Soils: Religion and the Rural Crisis in the Delta \ Alison Collis Greene
8. Bonfires on the Levee: Place, Memory, and the Sacred in River Road Catholicism \ Justin D. Poché
9. "Big River": Johnny Cash and the Currents of History \ John Hayes
Afterword: "No Home Like a Raft": Repositioning the Narratives of U.S. Religious History \ Thomas A. Tweed

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