For God and Race: The Religious and Political Leadership of Amez Bishop James Walker Hood

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Until now, the public life of James Walker Hood (1831-1918), bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church and a major political and religious leader of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth, has gone largely unexamined. For God and Race recovers the public career of Hood as a representative of the major builders of independent black Christianity during this period who understood faithfulness to God as inseparable from the quest for racial justice, and it explores Hood's role in the AMEZ Church, a denomination known for its singular success in promoting leadership for the abolitionist movement.
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Martin (religion, U. of Georgia) examines Hood's (1831-1918) public life as bishop of African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, characterizing him as one of the major builders of independent black Christianity during the later 19th and early 20th centuries who understood that faithfulness to God was inseparable from the quest for racial justice. He looks at Hood's activity and impact both within the church and in the arena of public politics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570032615
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Series: Religious Biography Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviation and Identification Table
Pt. I Laying the Foundations of Zion: Introduction to the Study and Life of a Neglected Religious and Political Leader
Introduction: Rediscovering James Walker Hood 3
Ch. 1 James Walker Hood: The Formative Years of a Leader (1831-1863) and an Overview of His Public Career (1864-1918) 22
Pt. II Zion Goes South: Hood's Religious and Political Leadership, 1864-1872
Ch. 2 Hood's Religious Activities in the South, 1864-1872 47
Ch. 3 Hood's Political and Educational Leadership in the South, 1864-1872 66
Pt. III A Star in Zion: Hood's Early Years as Episcopal Leader, 1872-1885
Ch. 4 Hood's Early Episcopal Leadership, Part I: Ascending to the Bishopric and the Early Years, 1868-1880 83
Ch. 5 Hood's Early Episcopal Leadership, Part II: The Hillery Episode and the Western Sojourn, 1880-1885 97
Pt. IV Singing Zion's Song in a Strange Land: The Political Philosophy and Leadership of Hood, 1872-1916
Ch. 6 Hood and Black America during the Post-Reconstruction Years: An Overview of the Political Philosophy of a Black Leader, 1872-1916 113
Ch. 7 The Loyal Republican: Hood's Political Leadership and the Presidential Elections of 1908 and 1912 135
Pt. V Trouble in Zion: Hood's Leadership in Controversies Involving the AMEZ Church, 1872-1918
Ch. 8 Hood as Leader in Religious Controversies, 1872-1916 151
Ch. 9 The Women's Ordination Controversy, the AMEZ Church, and Hood's Leadership, 1898-1900 163
Ch. 10 Hood's Leadership and Controversies Regarding Zion's Episcopacy, 1888-1918 176
Pt. VI Headed for Mount Zion: Summary and Analysis of Hood's Leadership
Conclusion: A Summary and Some Assessments of the Leadership of James Walker Hood 199
Appendix A Growth of the AMEZ Church 209
Appendix B Partial Listing of AMEZ Bishops 210
Notes 211
Bibliography 232
Index 245
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