Chapter 28. Baptists

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Paul Harvey Professor of History

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch28

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Harvey, P. (2010) Baptists, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch28

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Colorado, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • Baptists, appearing across spectrum of American religious history;
  • juxtaposing Baptist history with Baptist historiography - kind of microcosm of larger story of Protestantism;
  • arising alongside “social history revolution” - a new take on Baptists;
  • historians and “market model” - for understanding American religion;
  • early southern Baptists, democratic evangelicalism and communal emotionalism;
  • Black churches, leading community out of slavery into a new identity as free African American Christians;
  • Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham's informed and influential Righteous Discontent -The Women's Movement in the Black Baptist Church;
  • Higginbotham's lead, proclaiming that “women's history is religious history”;
  • Baptists in American history and historiography - heroic dissenters to countercultural plain folk


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  • Bibliography