308 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 11 halftones, 1 map, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4676-3
Published: November 2018
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4675-6
Published: November 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4677-0
Published: September 2018
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Awards & distinctions
2019 GHRAC Award for Excellence, Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council
God with Us examines the theological struggle over racial justice through the story of one southern town--Americus, Georgia--where ordinary Americans sought and confronted racial change in the twentieth century. Documenting the passion and virulence of these contestations, this book offers insight into how midcentury battles over theology and race affected the rise of the Religious Right and indeed continue to resonate deeply in American life.
About the Author
Ansley L. Quiros is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Alabama.
For more information about Ansley L. Quiros, visit the Author Page.
“A valuable resource for movement historians, practical theologians, and sociologists of American religion . . . A significant attempt to contextualize the local Americus conflict within the larger movement and white resistance to it.”--Sociology of Religion
“Rigorously researched, passionately written, and historically nuanced, God with Us: Lived Theology and the Freedom Struggle in Americus, Georgia, 1942 – 1976 contributes to our understanding of the religious forces at play in the South during the mid-twentieth-century phase of the long black freedom struggle.”--Journal of Southern History
“Both a compelling read and a valuable resource, God with Us is well-researched, well-written, and voluminously documented. The intersections it describes—between Koininia Farm and the surrounding community, between the SNCC and SCLC and the freedom movements in Americus and Albany, between non-violent direct action and random murder, between Clarence Jordan and Martin Luther King, Jr., —make this book a signal contribution to our understanding of the lived theologies that animated both the civil rights movement and those who rejected it.”--The Journal of Southern Religion
“The book’s strength is Quiros’s ability to use the national civil rights movement as a backdrop for local people and events. She reminds readers that the freedom struggle occurred beyond the streets of Birmingham and Albany. Instead, it occurred in small towns such as Americus, and its implications reach beyond the successes and failures of the movement in the 1960s.”--Journal of American History
“I grew up around Americus, and Quiros has captured something I remember well: a community in flux and the tension between neighbors over issues of race and religion. The people and scenes are vivid and the story well told. Additionally, it captures something dear to me--the power found in Christian theology.”--President Jimmy Carter
"This outstanding book tells a new story of the civil rights movement in southwest Georgia, inflecting the national and regional conversation with local flare. Quiros allows us to see how the bright light moments of the movement played out in ordinary lives."--Doug Thompson, Mercer University