Bishop Henry McNeal Turner and African-American Religion in the South

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Henry McNeal Turner was an "epoch-making man," as his colleague Reverdy Ransom called him. A bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church from 1880 to 1915, Turner was also a politician and Georgia legislator during Reconstruction, U.S. Army chaplain, newspaper editor, prohibition advocate, civil rights and back-to-Africa activist, African missionary, and early proponent of black theology. This richly detailed book, the first full-length critical biography of Turner, firmly places him alongside DuBois and ...
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Henry McNeal Turner was an "epoch-making man," as his colleague Reverdy Ransom called him. A bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church from 1880 to 1915, Turner was also a politician and Georgia legislator during Reconstruction, U.S. Army chaplain, newspaper editor, prohibition advocate, civil rights and back-to-Africa activist, African missionary, and early proponent of black theology. This richly detailed book, the first full-length critical biography of Turner, firmly places him alongside DuBois and Washington as a preeminent visionary of the postbellum African-American experience. The strength and vitality of today's black church tradition owes much to the herculean labors of pioneers such as Turner, one of the most skillful denominational builders in American history. When emancipation created the prerequisites for a strong national religious organization, Turner, with his boldness, charisma, political wisdom, eloquence, and energy, took full advantage of the opportunity. Combining evangelicalism with forthright agitation for racial freedom, he instigated the most momentous transformation in A.M.E. Church history--the mission to the South. Stephen Angell views Turner's advocacy of ordination for women and his missionary work in Africa as a further outgrowth of the bishop's deep evangelical commitment. The book's epilogue offers the first serious analysis of Turner's theology and his replies to racist distortions of the Christian message.
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Proceedings of a workshop organized by the Swiss Group for Clinical Cancer Research held in Lucerne, Dec. 1987. On the use of bisphosphonates in tumoral bone disease and clarification of experimental and clinical problems in the therapeutic application of bisphosphonates. No index. A bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church from 1880 to 1915, Turner (1834-1915) was also a politician and Georgia legislator during Reconstruction, US Army Chaplain, newspaper editor, prohibition advocate, civil rights and back-to-Africa activist, African missionary, and early proponent of black theology. This critical biography places Turner alongside DuBois and Washington as a preeminent visionary of the postbellum African-American experience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572331563
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 1,325,397
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Youthful Evangelist 7
2 A.M.E. Pastor and Army Chaplain 33
3 Organizing a Freed People 60
4 Black Minister in Politics 81
5 Turner at Savannah 108
6 Politics, Economics, and Exodus 123
7 Turner Becomes a Bishop 142
8 Healing Sectional Wounds in the A.M.E. Church of the 1880s 157
9 Strains within the Southern A.M.E. Church 177
10 Turner's Church Management in the 1890s 198
11 A Field Fully Ripe for the Harvest 215
12 Turner's Final Years 238
Epilogue: The Growth of a Black Theologian 253
Abbreviations Used in Notes 275
Notes 277
Bibliography 315
Index 325
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