presented by Mary Motte Alston Pringle to Cretia Stewart, Charleston, South Carolina (Private Collection)


McDannell, Colleen. The Christian Home in Victorian America , 1840-1900 . Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1994. 

Frey, Sylvia and Betty Wood. Come Shouting to Zion : African American Protestantism in the American South and British Caribbean to 1830 . Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina , 1998. 

Coté, Richard. Mary's World: Love, War, and Family Ties in Nineteenth-Century Charleston . Mount Pleasant : Corinthian Books, 2001. 

McInnis, Maurie D. The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston . Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2005. 

West, Emily. Chains of Love: Slave Couples in Antebellum South Carolina . Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2004.


1. Discuss the importance of the family bible in the early nineteenth-century home. 

2. What was the place of domestic religion in the Antebellum South? How was it different for blacks and whites? 

3. This bible was given by Mary Pringle to her slave Cretia Stewart. Discuss slaveowner attitudes towards Christianity and the spread of Christianity among slaves in the antebellum period. 

4. Cretia Stewart used this bible to record the births of her children. Discuss the complexities of family life under the institution of slavery.