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By Chad E. Seales

Tracing the non secular heritage of Siler urban, North Carolina, Chad E. Seales argues that southern whites cultivated their very own neighborhood model of yankee secularism and hired it, along public spiritual performances, to assert and keep an eye on public areas. Over the process the 20 th century, they wielded secularism to segregate racialized our bodies, to problem neighborhood alterations because of civil rights laws, and to answer the arriving of Latino migrants.
Combining ethnographic and archival assets, Seales reports the subjects of industrialization, nationalism, civility, privatization, and migration throughout the neighborhood historical past of Siler urban; its local styles, Fourth of July parades, accomplice infantrymen, minstrel indicates, mock weddings, banking practices, police shootings, strong Friday processions, public protests, and downtown mural monitors. providing a spatial method of the examine of performative faith, The Secular Spectacle offers a generative narrative of secularism from the point of view of evangelical Protestants within the American South.

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