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Evangelizing the SouthA Social History of Church and State in Early America$
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Monica Najar

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309003

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309003.001.0001

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 The Equity of Hereditary Slavery

 The Equity of Hereditary Slavery

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(p.137) 6 The Equity of Hereditary Slavery
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Evangelizing the South
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Monica Najar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309003.003.0007

This chapter argues that in the Baptists' ongoing efforts to mark the boundaries between the sacred and the secular realms, slavery came to be the defining issue — one that would determine the extent of, and limits to, Baptists' reach. As Baptists sought to preserve the unity of their churches in the early 19th century, they sacrificed their authority over slavery and yielded it to the civil realm. In doing so, they helped to define the boundaries of religion and the new nation-state.

Keywords:   Baptists, Upper South, slavery, Baptist churches, religion

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