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- Description<i>Bishops, Bourbons, and Big Mules</i> tells the story of how the Episcopal Church gained influence over Alabama s cultural, political, and ecomic arenas despite being a deminational mirity in the state. The consensus of southern historians is that, since the Second Great Awakening, evangelicalism has dominated the South. This is certainly true when one considers the extent to which southern culture is dominated by evangelical rhetoric and ideas. However, in Alabama onen-evangelical group has played a significant role in shaping the state s history. J. Barry Vaughn explains that, although the Episcopal Church has always been a small fraction (around 1 percent) of Alabama s population, an irdinately high proportion, close to 10 percent, of Alabama s significant leaders have belonged to this demination. Many of these leaders came to the Episcopal Church from other deminations because they were attracted to the church s wide degree of doctrinal latitude and laissez-faire attitude toward human frailty. Vaughn argues that the church was able to attract many of the state s goverrs, congressmen, and legislators by positioning itself as the church of conservative political elites in the state--the planters before the Civil War, the Bourbons after the Civil War, and the Big Mules during industrialization. He begins this narrative by explaining how Anglicanism came to Alabama and then highlights how Episcopal bishops and congregation members alike took active roles in key historic movements including the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights Movement. <i>Bishops, Bourbons, and Big Mules</i> closes with Vaughn s own predictions about the fate of the Episcopal Church in twenty-first-century Alabama.
- Author Biography<b>J. Barry Vaughn</b> received a masters of divinity from Yale University and a PhD in divinity from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. From 2000 to 2004 he served as rector of an Episcopal parish in Philadelphia, and in 2004 he returned to his native Alabama to serve as the rector of St. Alban s Episcopal Church in Birmingham. He is presently the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Author(s)J Barry Vaughn
- PublisherThe University of Alabama Press
- Date of Publication30/12/2013
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleReligion and American Culture (University of Alabama)
- Place of PublicationAlabama
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of Alabama Press
- Content Noteblack & white halftones, figures
- Weight567 g
- Width157 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Paper over boards,With dust jacket
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