Avenues of Faith: Shaping the Urban Religious Culture of by Samuel C. Shepherd Jr

By Samuel C. Shepherd Jr

Avenues of religion files how faith flourished in southern towns after the flip of the century and the way a cadre of clergy and laity created a significantly revolutionary spiritual tradition in Richmond, the bastion of the outdated South. recognized because the former capital of the Confederacy, Richmond emerges as a dynamic and starting to be commercial urban invigorated by means of the social activism of its Protestants. via studying six mainline white denominations-Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Disciples of Christ, and Lutherans-Samuel C. Shepherd Jr. emphasizes the level to which the town fostered spiritual range, whilst "blind spots" remained in regard to Catholics, African american citizens, Mormons, and Jews. Shepherd explores such subject matters as evangelism, interdenominational cooperation, the temperance crusade, the Sunday university circulate, the foreign peace projects, and the increasing function of lay humans of either sexes. He additionally notes the community's common rejection of fundamentalism, a non secular phenomenon virtually instantly linked to the South, and indicates the way it nurtured social reform to wrestle a number of city difficulties linked to public health and wellbeing, schooling, housing, women's suffrage, prohibition, youngsters, and prisons. In lucid prose and with first-class use of basic assets, Shepherd provides a clean portrait of Richmond Protestants who embraced switch and remodeled their neighborhood, making it an energetic, revolutionary spiritual middle of the hot South.

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32 Richmond remained a regional cultural center. The Academy of Music and the Wednesday Club hosted concerts frequently featuring distinguished artists. The Richmond Philharmonic and opera performances formed essential parts of the local music community, and other musicians—ranging from John Philip Sousa to Paul Whiteman to Sergei Rachmaninoff—made guest appearances in the city. A diverse procession of out-of-town lecturers often drew large audiences. Judge B. B. Lindsey, Julia Lathrop, and Samuel Gompers championed reforms; Booker T.

In the 1670s William Byrd I established a trading post, and William Byrd II created the town of Richmond, incorporated in 1742. During the American Revolution, a prudent Virginia assembly shifted the state capital to Richmond from the more militarily vulnerable Williamsburg. 3 After the Revolution, Richmond began a process of erratic but substantial economic growth. By the 1830s transportation improvements placed Richmond in a position of regional commercial dominance. Arriving shipments of tobacco, iron ore, and wheat fueled Richmond’s growing industries.

S. Copyright law is illegal and injures the author and publisher. For permission to reuse this work, contact the University of Alabama Press. 16 Restless Richmond Yet Richmond reckoned with a more complex history that revolved around its role as a center of trade, government, and industry. In the 1640s English colonists built a fort near the falls of the James River. In the 1670s William Byrd I established a trading post, and William Byrd II created the town of Richmond, incorporated in 1742. During the American Revolution, a prudent Virginia assembly shifted the state capital to Richmond from the more militarily vulnerable Williamsburg.

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