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Focusing on the National Baptist Convention, the largest religious movement among black Americans, Higginbotham shows readers how women were largely responsible for making the church a force for self-help, also revealing the challenges of black women to patriarchal theology. At once tough-minded and engaging, this book is central to an understanding of African-American social and cultural life and a critical chapter in the history of religion in America. Illustrations.
If the period was so important for women but simultaneously a low point for black Americans as a group, then how should we understand the apparently contradictory politics of that time? Righteous Discontent accentuates the positive, finding in the contradiction 'a creative tension that both motivated and empowered black women to speak out.' Ms. Higginbotham moves beyond the dichotomous thinking that has often short-circuited our attempts to understand the situation of black women...An important, sophisticated, and richly instructive book.
— Suzanne Lebsock
Higginbotham's book is populated with fascinating and accomplished women...[Her] research is impeccable and her work both ambitious and important. Righteous Discontent contributes significantly to the still underappreciated history of the black church in America.
— Adele Logan Alexander
Higginbotham has pioneered a study of a long-neglected component of the African-American experience. This book is a powerful and compelling story of the religious life of African-American women and their resistance to racism and sexism. Through Higginbotham's work, the voices of African-American women, which have remained silent too long, emerge distinct and bold.
— Jill Watts
|1||The Black Church: A Gender Perspective||1|
|2||The Female Talented Tenth||19|
|5||Feminist Theology, 1880-1900||120|
|6||The Coming of Age of the Black Baptist Sisterhood||150|
|7||The Politics of Respectability||185|