African-American Religion / Edition 1

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Overview

Throughout African-American history, religion has been indelibly intertwined with the fight against intolerance and racial prejudice. Martin Luther King, Jr.-America's best-known champion of civil liberties-was a Baptist minister. Father Divine, a fiery preacher who established a large following in the 1920s and 1930s, convinced his disciples that he could cure not only disease and infirmity, but also poverty and racism.
An in-depth examination of African-American history and religion, this comprehensive and lively book provides panoramic coverage of the black religious and social experience in America. Renowned historian Albert J. Raboteau traces the subtle blending of African tribal customs with the powerful Christian establishment, the migration to cities, the growth of Islam, and the 200-year fight for freedom and identity which was so often centered around African-American churches. From the African Methodist Episcopal Church to the Nation of Islam and from the first African slaves to Louis Farrakhan, this far-reaching book chronicles the evolution of an important and influential component of our religious and historical heritage. African American Religion combines meticulously researched historical facts with a fast-paced, engaging narrative that will appeal to readers of any age.

Religion in American Life explores the evolution, character, and dynamics of organized religion in America from 1500 to the present day. Written by distinguished religious historians, these books weave together the varying stories that compose the religious fabric of the United States, from Puritanism to alternative religious practices. Primary source material coupled with handsome illustrations and lucid text make these books essential in any exploration of America's diverse nature. Each book includes a chronology, suggestions for further reading, and index.

Examines the history of religious practice by African Americans and the development of religious institutions, regional movements, and important personalities from the time of slavery up to the twentieth century.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This scholarly yet readable book explores religious freedom as a core element of American history and society.... The extensive list for further reading and in-depth indexing exhibit the careful attention to detail that is reflected in this highly researched text. Well-captioned black-and-white photographs and reproductions appear throughout, along with sidebars that highlight important figures and ideas. A thorough look at a fascinating subject."—School Library Journal

"Covers a broader topic than its title suggests. It surveys the history of African Americans, emphasizing how events shaped beliefs and faith.... The book takes in an enormous range of history and presents it in a very readable, comprehensible fashion. A fine addition to the series."—Booklist

"The author emphasizes the role of black churches in shepherding their congregants through slavery, segregation, and the political and social challenges of modern life.... A useful addition to most collections."—VOYA

"It is both with pleasure and delight that I am able to introduce African-American Religion. Professor Raboteau's book provides a substantive introduction for those eager for an understanding of the African-American Religious experience ... comprehensive both culturally and historically."—Religious Studies in Secondary Schools

"Well-chosen photographs enhance the clear and easy-to-understand text." — Footsteps

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This scholarly yet readable book explores religious freedom as a core element of American history and society. Raboteau traces the influences of black churches from Colonial times and slavery through emancipation, urban migration, the Civil Rights era, and the last half of the 20th century. He examines how the varied traditions of tribal practices, Christianity, and Islam have contributed to African-American culture and identity, especially in the struggle against racial bigotry. The extensive list for further reading and in-depth indexing exhibit the careful attention to detail that is reflected in this highly researched text. Well-captioned black-and-white photographs and reproductions appear throughout, along with sidebars that highlight important figures and ideas. A thorough look at a fascinating subject.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195106800
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Religion in American Life Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Princeton University
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