Donald Mathews

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Professor Emeritus

CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599

STB Yale University, 1957
PhD Duke University, 1962

Research Interests

CrucifixionFaith in the Christian South: 17402000, An Interpretive History . . . of the social and cultural power of religion in the South. Essential to the story is that of African American churches and the development of religious movements from the 1850s through the late twentieth century. Equally essential is understanding the fundamentalist sensibility that came to characterize southern religion and culture. For an example of themes, see “‘Christianizing’ the South–Sketching a Synthesis” in New Perspectives in American Religious History, Ed by Harry S. Stout and Daryl G. Hart (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997) and “Religion in the South: Authenticity and Purity,” Essays In American Religious History: Honoring William G. McLoughlin, Edited by Walter Conser, (Athens: University of Georgia Press, Fall 1998).

Some Notable Publications

  • Religion in the American South: Protestants and Others in History and Culture [co-editor with Beth Barton Schweiger] (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2004)
  • “The Southern Rite of Human Sacrifice: Lynching and Religion in the South, 1875–1940,” Journal of Southern Religion, volume 3 (2000).
  • Sex, Gender, and the Politics of ERA: A State and the Nation [co-author] (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990)
  • Religion in the Old South (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1977)
  • Slavery and Methodism: A Chapter in American Morality 1780-1845 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1965).
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