Hey friends, I had a few people ask for some additional reading recommendations based on my previous entry. I typed these up a couple of days ago and shared in a couple of Facebook posts, but thought I would list them out here on the blog as well. These are the other books that I had on the “short list” before consolidating said list down to twelve (one book per month for a year). That in no way implies that these are of lesser quality, only that they didn’t make that final cut.
In addition to the caveats from the first post, do note that the emphasis here is primarily on American religious history broadly defined (rather than readings related to Churches of Christ, the Restoration/Stone-Campbell Movement, etc.) and that I have not formatted them on a monthly basis. Still, I hope that this list will be of some use and provide additional reading recommendations to supplement the other useful compilations floating around online.
The Next Twelve
Edward J. Blum, Reforging the White Republic: Race, Religion, and American Nationalism, 1865-1898. Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Press, 2005. https://lsupress.org/books/detail/reforging-the-white-republic-updated/
Jason H. Dormady, Primitive Revolution: Restorationist Religion and the idea of the Mexican Revolution, 1940-1968. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2011. https://unmpress.com/books/primitive-revolution/9780826349514
Mary Dudziak, Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2002. https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691152431/cold-war-civil-rights
Rebecca Anne Goetz, The Baptism of Early Virginia: How Christianity Created Race. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012. https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/baptism-early-virginia
David Edwin Harrell Jr., A Social History of the Disciples of Christ. 2 vol. Repr. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2003. http://www.uapress.ua.edu/product/Quest-for-a-Christian-America-18001865,2098.aspx and http://www.uapress.ua.edu/product/Sources-of-Division-in-the-Disciples-of-Christ-18,2099.aspx
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Righteous Discontent: The Women’s Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880-1920. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994. https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674769786
Richard T. Hughes, Myths America Lives By: White Supremacy and the Stories That Give Us Meaning. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2018. https://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/74zck8bm9780252042065.html
Edmund S. Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1975. https://wwnorton.com/books/American-Slavery-American-Freedom/
George C. Rable, God’s Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the Civil War. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2010. https://uncpress.org/book/9781469621821/gods-almost-chosen-peoples/
Arthur Remillard, Southern Civil Religions: Imagining the Good Society in the Post-Reconstruction Era. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2011. https://ugapress.org/book/9780820341392/southern-civil-religions/
Calvin White Jr., The Rise to Respectability: Race, Religion, and the Church of God in Christ. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 2012. https://www.uapress.com/product/the-rise-to-respectability/
Jason R. Young, Rituals of Resistance: African American Religion in Kongo and the Lowcountry South in the Era of Slavery. Baton Rouge, LA: LSU Press, 2007. https://lsupress.org/books/detail/rituals-of-resistance/