African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness / Edition 2

African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness / Edition 2

by Milton C. Sernett
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822324490

ISBN-13: 9780822324492

Pub. Date: 01/17/2000

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

This widely-heralded collection of remarkable documents offers a view of African American religious history from Africa and early America through Reconstruction to the rise of black nationalism, civil rights, and black theology of today. The documents—many of them rare, out-of-print, or difficult to find—include personal narratives, sermons, letters,

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This widely-heralded collection of remarkable documents offers a view of African American religious history from Africa and early America through Reconstruction to the rise of black nationalism, civil rights, and black theology of today. The documents—many of them rare, out-of-print, or difficult to find—include personal narratives, sermons, letters, protest pamphlets, early denominational histories, journalistic accounts, and theological statements. In this volume Olaudah Equiano describes Ibo religion. Lemuel Haynes gives a black Puritan’s farewell. Nat Turner confesses. Jarena Lee becomes a female preacher among the African Methodists. Frederick Douglass discusses Christianity and slavery. Isaac Lane preaches among the freedmen. Nannie Helen Burroughs reports on the work of Baptist women. African Methodist bishops deliberate on the Great Migration. Bishop C. H. Mason tells of the Pentecostal experience. Mahalia Jackson recalls the glory of singing at the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes from the Birmingham jail.
Originally published in 1985, this expanded second edition includes new sources on women, African missions, and the Great Migration. Milton C. Sernett provides a general introduction as well as historical context and comment for each document.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822324492
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/17/2000
Series:
The C. Eric Lincoln Series on the Black Experience
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
489,740
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionix
Introduction1
I.From Africa Through Early America
1Traditional Ibo Religion and Culture13
2African Religions in Colonial Jamaica20
3Slave Conversion on the Carolina Frontier25
4"Address to the Negroes in the State of New York"34
5Letters from Pioneer Black Baptists44
6A Black Puritan's Farewell52
II.Slave Religion in the Antebellum South
7Plantation Churches: Visible and Invisible63
8"Proud of that 'Ole Time' Religion"69
9Conjuration and Witchcraft76
10"Great Moral Dilemma"81
11Religion and Slave Insurrection89
12Slaveholding Religion and the Christianity of Christ102
13Slave Songs and Spirituals112
III.Black Churches North of Slavery and the Freedom Struggle
14"Life Experience and Gospel Labors"139
15Rise of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church155
16A Female Preacher among the African Methodists164
17African Baptists Celebrate Emancipation in New York State185
18"Our Wretchedness in Consequence of the Preachers of Religion"193
19"Mrs. Stewart's Farewell Address to Her Friends in the City of Boston"202
20"To the Citizens of New York"211
21Black Churches in New York City, 1840218
22Protesting the "Negro Pew"224
23"I Will Not Live a Slave"228
24"Welcome to the Ransomed"232
IV.Freedom's Time of Trial: 1865-World War I
25From Slave to Preacher among the Freedmen245
26"The Colored Methodist Episcopal Church"251
27Black Religion in the Post-Reconstruction South256
28"Education in the A.M.E. Church"261
29The Travail of a Female Colored Evangelist270
30"The Regeneration of Africa"282
31Emigration to Africa289
32The First African American Catholic Congress, 1889296
331899 Presidential Address to the National Baptist Convention301
34Bishop C. H. Mason, Church of God in Christ314
35"Of the Faith of the Fathers"325
36"The Race Problem in a Christian State, 1906"337
37"What Induced Me to Build a School in the Rural District"347
V.From The Great Migration To World War II
38African Methodist Episcopal Council of Bishops, Address on the Great Migration359
39Letters on the Second Exodus: "Dear Mary" and "My dear Sister"364
40Social Work at Olivet Baptist Church368
41Effects of Urbanization on Religious Life372
42Report of the Work of Baptist Women376
43Address to the Suehn Industrial Mission, Liberia403
A Letter from the "Foreign Field"410
44"Things of the Spirit"415
45"The Genius of the Negro Church"423
46"The Churches of Bronzeville"435
VI.Twentieth-Century Religious Alternatives
47Garvey Tells His Own Story453
48"Organized Religion and the Cults"464
49Black Judaism in Harlem473
50"The Realness of God, to you-wards..."478
51Elder Lucy Smith487
52"Self-Government in the New World"499
VII.Civil Rights, Black Theology, and Beyond
53"National Baptist Philosophy of Civil Rights"511
54"Letter from Birmingham Jail-April 16, 1963"519
55Singing of Good Tidings and Freedom536
56"The Anatomy of Segregation and Ground of Hope"548
57National Conference of Black Churchmen, "Black Power" Statement, July 31, 1966, and "Black Theology" Statement, June 13, 1969555
58"Black Theology and the Black Church: Where Do We Go from Here?"567
59"The Black Churches: A New Agenda"580
Index589

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