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

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

by Henry H. Mitchell
 

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ISBN-10: 0802827853

ISBN-13: 9780802827852

Pub. Date: 10/04/2004

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802827852
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/04/2004
Pages:
215
Sales rank:
939,851
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxii
Abbreviationsxiv
Introductionxv
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
Epilogue175
Appendix IBlack Church Growth in the North: 1801-1840182
Appendix IIBishop Rush's A.M.E. Zion Report of Churches to 1843189
Appendix IIIBlack Church Growth in the South190
Appendix IVBlack Church Beginnings in Overseas Missions193
Index194

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