Slavery, Religion, and Race in Antebellum Missouri

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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Slavery, Religion, and Race in Antebellum Missouri: Freedom from Slavery and Freedom from Sin by Kevin D. Butler

Antebellum Missouri’s location at the intersection of North, South, and West makes it a location that allows one to examine regionalism in the United States in one location since Missouri contained characteristics of each region. Missouri also provides a view of how religion functioned for people in the antebellum United States. The institution of slavery transformed evangelical Christianity in the South from an influence with potential to erode slavery into an institution that was a bulwark for slavery. For African Americans, religion constituted part of their cultural resistance against the dehumanization of slavery. Through conjure, their traditional religion, they sought control over their own lives and practical tools to aid them with everyday issues. Christianity also provided control over their destiny and a belief system, that in their hands, affirmed the sinfulness of slavery and confirmed that it was their right and their destiny to be free.

About the Author

Kevin D. Butler is associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Product Specifications

Published by Lexington Books, 2023. Hardback, 190 pages.