America’s Baptists

The America’s Baptists series will explore this important denomination’s history in all of its complexity. Baptist history is both an important part of the main currents of religious history in the country and a unique story—or, rather, a series of unique stories—that reflects ecumenical, political, social, and certainly theological characteristics that, in many ways, are deeply American at their core. Many of these works will be historical monographs, but the series will embrace different types of primary and secondary works, including but not limited to annotated collections of diaries, letters, and personal reflections as well as biographies and essays.

For more information or to discuss proposals, please contact:

Scot Danforth
, Director, University of Tennessee Press


Keith Harper, professor of Baptist Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Titles in this series:

A Marginal Majority

Women, Gender, and a Reimagining of Southern Baptists

Flowers, Elizabeth H. and Karen K. Seat

A Mere Kentucky of a Place

The Elkhorn Association and the Commonwealth’s First Baptists

Harper, Keith

Apostle of the Lost Cause

J. William Jones, Baptists, and the Development of Confederate Memory

Moore, Christopher C.


A Congregational History

Gardner, Andrew B.

Contentious Unions

Black Baptist Schools and White Baptist Money in the Jim Crow South

Mathews, Mary Beth Swetnam

Doing the Word

Southern Baptists’ Carver School of Church Social Work and Its Predecessors, 1907-1997

Scales, T. Laine and Melody Maxwell

Forging a Christian Order

South Carolina Baptists, Race, and Slavery, 1696–1860

Kellison, Kimberly R.

Fundamentalism, Fundraising, and the Transformation of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1919–1925

Smith, Andrew C.

God’s Rascal, Second Edition

J. Frank Norris and the Beginnings of Southern Fundamentalism

Hankins, Barry

James Robinson Graves

Staking the Boundaries of Baptist Identity

Patterson, James A.

Local Baptists, Local Politics

Churches and Communities in the Middle and Uplands South

Grammich, Clifford A., Jr.

Mainstreaming Fundamentalism

John R. Rice and Fundamentalism's Public Reemergence

Bates, Keith

Pious Ambitions

Sally Merriam Wait's Mission South, 1813–1831

Tribble, Mary

Southern Baptists Re-Observed

Harper, Keith, editor

The Power of Mammon

The Market, Secularization, and New York Baptists, 1790–1922

Johnson, Curtis D.

To Contest with All the Powers of Darkness

New England Baptists, Religious Liberty, and New Political Landscapes, 1740–1833

Hicks, Jacob E.