Daniel realizes that integration wasn't the only thing on Southern Protestants' minds. In the late '50s, evangelical college students openly flaunted their denominations' bans on dancing. ("Some of the women students dressed in black and pinned a red 'D' on their sweaters. 'It's my scarlet letter,' one explained; 'I dance. I'm a sinner.'") Religion even shaped how Southerners thought about atomic weapons and the Cold War-ruminating on possible annihilation, apocalyptically-inclined Christians read up on biblical prophesies that God would destroy the world in flames.
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