This selected edition of twenty-seven sermons delivered by Bishop Robert Smith (17321801) from the pulpit of Charleston's oldest Episcopal church gives voice to an influential clergyman and his rhetoric in support of a colonial rebellion. Wilbanks has edited Smith's previously unpublished sermons, which were written, delivered, and sometimes repeated during a forty-year career. In his analysis of these sermons, Wilbanks illustrates how a theology of community, civic duty, and national piety led to Smith's advocacy of American independence.
Charles Wilbanks is the director of the speech communication program at the University of South Carolina and editor of Walking by Faith: The Diary of Angelina Grimke, 1828-1835.
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