Through the Storm, Through the Night: A History of African American Christianity (Google eBook)

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Jul 21, 2011 - History - 232 pages
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Paul Harvey illustrates how black Christian traditions provided theological, institutional, and personal strategies for cultural survival during bondage and into an era of partial freedom. At the same time, he covers the ongoing tug-of-war between themes of "respectability" versus practices derived from an African heritage; the adoption of Christianity by the majority; and the critique of the adoption of the "white man's religion" from the eighteenth century to the present. The book also covers internal cultural, gendered, and class divisions in churches that attracted congregants of widely disparate educational levels, incomes, and worship styles.

Through the Storm, Through the Night provides a lively overview to the history of African American religion, beginning with the birth of African Christianity amidst the Transatlantic slave trade, and tracing the story through its growth in America. Paul Harvey successfully uses the history of African American religion to portray the complexity and humanity of the African American experience.

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Through the Storm, Through the Night: A History of African American Christianity

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Harvey (history, Univ. of Colorado, Colorado Springs) traces the development of African American Christianity from the transatlantic slave trade to the 21st-century megachurch, underscoring how the ... Read full review

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Pleasant, readable introduction to African-American Christianity that feels appropriate to undergraduates or people new to the field. Even with that focus, though, the book displays important ... Read full review


Introduction Themes in African American Religous History
Ch01 Middle Passage for the Gods
Ch02 The Birth of AfroChristianity in the Slave Quarters and the Urban North 17401831
Ch03 Through the Night
Ch04 Day of Jubilee
Ch05 Jesus on the Main Line
Ch06 Freedoms Main Line
Epilogue Righteous Anger and Visionary Dreams
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Glossary of Key Terms
Bibliographic Essay
About the Author

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About the author (2011)

Paul Harvey is professor of history at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is the author of Redeeming the South: Religious Cultures and Racial Identities Among Southern Baptists, 1865–1925 and Freedom's Coming: Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era.

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