“A richly specified examine of the increase of the Bahá’í religion in South Carolina. There isn’t one other examine in the market even remotely like this one.”—Paul Harvey, coauthor of The colour of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America
“A pioneering research of ways and why the Bahá’í religion turned the second one biggest spiritual neighborhood in South Carolina. rigorously researched, the tale instructed the following fills an important hole in our wisdom of South Carolina's wealthy and numerous non secular history.”—Charles H. Lippy, coauthor of Religion in modern America
The emergence of a cohesive interracial fellowship in Jim Crow-era South Carolina was once not going and hazardous. despite the fact that, individuals of the Bahá’í religion within the Palmetto nation rejected segregation, broke clear of spiritual orthodoxy, and defied the chances, ultimately turning into the state’s biggest spiritual minority.
the faith, which emphasizes the religious harmony of all humankind, arrived within the usa from the center East on the finish of the 19th century through city components within the Northeast and Midwest. Expatriate South Carolinians switched over and after they back domestic, they introduced their newfound faith with them. regardless of usually being the objectives of intimidation, or even violence, by means of associates, the Ku Klux Klan, legislations enforcement organisations, govt officers, and conservative monks, the Bahá’ís remained resolute of their religion and their dedication to an interracial religious democracy. within the latter 1/2 the 20th century, their numbers persevered to develop, from a number of hundred to over twenty thousand.
In No Jim Crow Church, Louis Venters lines the heritage of South Carolina’s Bahá’í group from its early origins in the course of the civil rights period and offers an organizational, social, and highbrow historical past of the flow. He relates advancements in the neighborhood to adjustments in society at huge, with specific cognizance to race kinfolk and the civil rights fight. Venters argues that the Bahá’ís in South Carolina represented an important, sustained, spiritually-based problem to the ideology and buildings of white male Protestant supremacy, whereas exploring how the emergence of the Bahá’í religion within the Deep South performed a job within the cultural and structural evolution of the religion.