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From the Publisher"This important book offers a fresh and provocative take on the manner in which religion has been used to frame and shape the place and function of African Americans within the United States in particular as well as the creation of the nation in more general terms. The challenges this book offers are vital. I highly recommend it." —Anthony B. Pinn, Rice University, author of Terror and Triumph: The Nature of Black Religion
"Marvelously meticulous." —Church History
"The Burden of Black Religion is a very rich and rewarding book. . . It certainly bears repeated readings and in these times when religion in general has attained the spotlight it can be profitably read for understanding how African Americans have created, expressed, and conducted their religious experience. In the end, one can only hope that America can eventually come to embrace the spiritual multicultural diversity that is embedded within its history, especially that of African Americans."
—Journal of Social History
"[Evans] offers a substantial engagement of black religion that covers primarily the period after the Civil War through the 1940s with tenuous continuing conversation about the implications for the Civil Rights Movement and beyond."—Religious Studies Review