Black Church Beginnings: The Long-Hidden Realities of the First Years

Black Church Beginnings: The Long-Hidden Realities of the First Years

by Henry Mitchell
     
 

Black Church Beginnings provides an intimate look at the struggles of African Americans to establish spiritual communities in the harsh world of slavery in the American colonies. Written by one of today's foremost experts on African American religion, this book traces the growth of the black church from its start in the mid-1700s to the end of the nineteenth… See more details below

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Black Church Beginnings provides an intimate look at the struggles of African Americans to establish spiritual communities in the harsh world of slavery in the American colonies. Written by one of today's foremost experts on African American religion, this book traces the growth of the black church from its start in the mid-1700s to the end of the nineteenth century.

As Henry Mitchell shows, the first African American churches didn't just organize; they labored hard, long, and sacrificially to form a meaningful, independent faith. Mitchell insightfully takes readers inside this process of development. He candidly examines the challenge of finding adequately trained pastors for new local congregations, confrontations resulting from internal class structure in big city churches, and obstacles posed by emerging denominationalism.

Original in its subject matter and singular in its analysis, Mitchell's Black Church Beginnings makes a major contribution to the study of American church history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802827852
Publisher:
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
385,809
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

1The African roots of the African American church1
2Slave population and conversions : the silent years of 1619-175023
3The very first black congregations : 1750-180046
4Trends impacting the early black churches up to 190071
5The spread of the African American churches, 1801-184082
6African American church expansion, 1841-1865, and denominational bodies98
7Social activism in the early black church130
8African American schools and churches : new roles in reconstruction141
App. IBlack church growth in the north : 1801-1840182
App. IIBishop Rush's A.M.E. Zion report of churches to 1843189
App. IIIBlack church growth in the south190
App. IVBlack church beginnings in overseas missions193

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