Review of _No Depression in Heaven_

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I was fortunate to get the chance to review Alison Collis Greene’s No Depression in Heaven: The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta (Oxford 2016).  While you’re thinking over whether you should buy the book (yes!), check out this performance of “No Depression in Heaven” by the Carter family. walker-evans-church-52438-700

Out here the hearts of men are failing
For these are latter days we know
The great depression now is spreading
God’s words declared it would be so

I’m going where there’s no depression
To the lovely land that’s free from care
I’ll leave this world of toil and trouble
My home’s in heaven, I’m going there

[Instrumental break]

In that bright land there’ll be no hunger
No orphan children crying for bread
No weeping widows toil and struggle
No shrouds, no coffins, and no dead

I’m going where there’s no depression
To the lovely land that’s free from care
I’ll leave this world of toil and trouble
My home’s in heaven, I’m going there

[Instrumental break]

This dark hour of midnight nearing
Tribulation time will come
The storm will hurl a midnight fierce
And sweep lost millions to their doom

I’m going where there’s no depression
To the lovely land that’s free from care
I’ll leave this world of toil and trouble

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