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White Sects & Black Men in the Recent South…

White Sects & Black Men in the Recent South

by David E., Jr. Harrell

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Snake-handlers and faith-healers, tent meetings and river baptisms, impoverished country churches and imposing city edifices all are elements of that segment of American protestanism known as the "minor sects." These religions--Church of Christ, Assembly of God, Free Will Baptist, Cumberland Presbyterian, and the many Holiness and Pentecostal churches, among other lesser-known bodies--make up a significant majoirty among the more than 67 million United States protestants. Generally considered churches of the lower classes--the "common man"--these sects have been stereotyped as theologically conservative, socially reactionary, and racially bigoted. WHITE SECTS AND BLACK MEN examines sectarian attitues and behavior during the period following World War II.… (more)
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