This dissertation examines the cultural and religious dynamics of the North Carolina Piedmont's non-planter social order. I look in depth at the modernizing elements of antebellum religion, particularly the sensibility of liberality that accompanied institutional development, how church disciplinary procedures adapted to changing social reality, and the formation of middle class style nuclear families under the aegis of evangelical prescription. In addition to using denominational records, I utilize four diaries of ordinary Piedmont residents in extended explorations of how individuals enacted in their private lives the public lessons of evangelicalism. I conclude that an evangelical ethic developed that existed alongside the dominant planter ideology, and that ethic formed the basis for both unity, and dissent, in the late antebellum period.
|Advisor:||Bolton, Charles C.|
|Commitee:||Elliott, Mark, Hunter, Phyllis, O'Brien, W. Greg|
|School:||The University of North Carolina at Greensboro|
|Department:||College of Arts & Sciences: History|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religious history, American history, History|
|Keywords:||Antebellum, Civil War, North Carolina, Nuclear families, Piedmont South, Religion, Social order|
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