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F.H. Thompson, Drew Harrington, Lowell Harrison

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Department of History

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Master of Arts


Mordecai Fowler Ham, Jr. (1877-1961), a Kentucky bred, Southern Baptist evangelist, was an active participant in both the prohibition and fundamentalist movements. His career was characterized by disagreement and conflict due to Ham's defiance toward anyone who did not profess his style of Christianity.

A true product of the period in which he lived, Ham fought modernism and evolution zealously. He also preached against the use and sale of alcohol and dared liquor supporters to challenge his position. He was convinced as well that Jews, blacks, and Haman Catholics posed a potential threat to Christian America, and he monitored their activities cautiously for the majority of his sixty-year ministry.

Ultimately ham's Southern audiences grew tired of the evangelist's allegations and stopped listening to him. Ham, however, continued to preach against his opposition until his death in 1961.


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