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Against the Current #2: The Question of Race

It is hardly surprising to find the Big Cedar Lick Baptist Church rejecting the dominant values of its belligerent and fiercely individualistic neighbors in Wilson County, Tennessee (previous post.)  The church was merely holding fast to the central values that had distinguished the Baptist faith since the beginning: humility, self-control, brotherly love, and reconciliation of […]

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Against the Current: The Big Cedar Lick Baptist Church

By now it is something of a cliché among historians to describe Andrew Jackson as the embodiment of the Scots-Irish culture that has, to a greater or lesser extent, defined the society of the American South.  Formed by centuries of savage warfare between the kings of England and Scotland, and between the local warlords of […]

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From Fort to Fashionable in Seven Years

The frontier period in Middle Tennessee did not last long. In 1780, only a handful of years after the long hunters had hunted  out the last of the game on the Cumberland Plateau, Kasper Mansker returned with James Robertson and a large party of settlers to the site of present-day Nashville.  That same year saw […]

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