African-American Christianity: Essays in History

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Paul E. Johnson
University of California Press, Jul 6, 1994 - History - 189 pages
Eight leading scholars have joined forces to give us the most comprehensive book to date on the history of African-American religion from the slavery period to the present.

Beginning with Albert Raboteau's essay on the importance of the story of Exodus among African-American Christians and concluding with Clayborne Carson's work on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s religious development, this volume illuminates the fusion of African and Christian traditions that has so uniquely contributed to American religious development. Several common themes emerge: the critical importance of African roots, the traumatic discontinuities of slavery, the struggle for freedom within slavery and the subsequent experience of discrimination, and the remarkable creativity of African-American religious faith and practice. Together, these essays enrich our understanding of both African-American life and its part in the history of religion in America.
 

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Contents

AfricanAmericans Exodus and the American Israel
1
The Emergence of AfricanAmerican Christianity
18
Community Regulation and Cultural Specialization in Gullah Folk Religion
47
DualSex Political Systems and Womens
80
The Politics of AfricanAmerican Ministerial Autobiography
111
J C Austin
134
Martin Luther King Jr and the AfricanAmerican Social Gospel
159
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
179
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Paul E. Johnson is Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and the author of A Shopkeeper's Millennium (1978).

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