Charles Irons

Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History and Geography
Lindner Hall - Arts & Sciences 112F
2335 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6295

Brief Biography

Charles Irons comes to Elon from the University of Virginia, where he graduated with a PhD in American History in 2003.  His research is on the nineteenth-century South, with a particular emphasis on religious history.  He is currently at work on a manuscript exploring the process through which black evangelicals withdrew from white-controlled churches following the Civil War and is especially interested in the tens of thousands of black Southerners who retained their affiliation with biracial churches for months—or even years—following emancipation.

Courses Taught

US History to 1865, America's Civil War, North American Slavery,  Research Methods, Senior Seminars (Nineteenth-Century South and Belief and Unbelief in US History), Honors Seminar (History of Religion in the US).


Recent publications include:

The Origins of Proslavery Christianity: White and Black Evangelicals in Colonial and Antebellum Virginia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008.

“Evangelical Geographies of North Carolina.” In New Voyages to North Carolina, edited by Larry Tise and Jeffrey Crowe.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, Forthcoming.

“North Carolina’s Black Baptists and the Predicament of Emancipation.” In Between Fetters and Freedom: African-American Baptists since Emancipation, edited Keith Harper and Ed Crowder. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, Forthcoming.

 “‘Two divisions of the same great army’: Ecclesiastical Separation by Race and the Millennium.” In Apocalypse and the Millennium in the American Civil War Era, edited by Ben Wright and Zach Dresser. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2013.

 “Zion in Black and White: African American Evangelicals and Missionary Work in the Old South.” In The Old South's Modern Worlds: Slavery, Region, and Nation in the Age of Progress, edited by L. Diane Barnes, Brian Schoen, and Frank Towers. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Reviews in Church History, Journal of Southern History, Journal of American History, Social History, Reviews in American History, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Callaloo, Journal of Southern Religion, H-Net.

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