After Redemption: Jim Crow and the Transformation of African American Religion in the Delta, 1875-1915

After Redemption: Jim Crow and the Transformation of African American Religion in the Delta, 1875-1915

by John M. Giggie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195304047

ISBN-13: 9780195304046

Pub. Date: 11/21/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

After Redemption fills in a missing chapter in the history of African American life after freedom. It takes on the widely overlooked period between the end of Reconstruction and World War I to examine the sacred world of ex-slaves and their descendants living in the region more densely settled than any other by blacks living in this era, the Mississippi and

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After Redemption fills in a missing chapter in the history of African American life after freedom. It takes on the widely overlooked period between the end of Reconstruction and World War I to examine the sacred world of ex-slaves and their descendants living in the region more densely settled than any other by blacks living in this era, the Mississippi and Arkansas Delta. Drawing on a rich range of local memoirs, newspaper accounts, photographs, early blues music, and recently unearthed Works Project Administration records, John Giggie challenges the conventional view that this era marked the low point in the modern evolution of African-American religion and culture. Set against a backdrop of escalating racial violence in a region more densely populated by African Americans than any other at the time, he illuminates how blacks adapted to the defining features of the post-Reconstruction South— including the growth of segregation, train travel, consumer capitalism, and fraternal orders—and in the process dramatically altered their spiritual ideas and institutions. Masterfully analyzing these disparate elements, Giggie's study situates the African-American experience in the broadest context of southern, religious, and American history and sheds new light on the complexity of black religion and its role in confronting Jim Crow.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195304046
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/21/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Abbreviations     xiii
Prologue: Life and Death in the Delta     xv
Introduction: African American Religion in the Age of Segregation in the Delta     3
Train Travel and the Black: Religious Imagination     23
Fraternal Orders, Disfranchisement, and the Institutional Growth of Black Religion     59
The Intersecting Rhythms of Spiritual and Commercial Life     96
The Material Culture of Religion     137
The Making of the African American Holiness Movement     165
Epilogue: Delta Journeys     194
Notes     201
Selected Bibliography     253
Index     299

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