Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and South Africa

Overview

Songs of Zion focuses on the African Methodist Episcopal Church, black America's oldest and largest independent church. Campbell charts the origins and evolution of African American independent churches, arguing that the very act of becoming Christian forced black Americans to reflect on their relationship to their ancestral continent. The book then turns to South Africa, examining the AME Church's entrance and evolution in a series of specific African contexts. The final third of the book is devoted to what ...
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Overview

Songs of Zion focuses on the African Methodist Episcopal Church, black America's oldest and largest independent church. Campbell charts the origins and evolution of African American independent churches, arguing that the very act of becoming Christian forced black Americans to reflect on their relationship to their ancestral continent. The book then turns to South Africa, examining the AME Church's entrance and evolution in a series of specific African contexts. The final third of the book is devoted to what Campbell calls "middle passages," to the careers of men and women who moved between South Africa and the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Throughout the book, Campbell focuses on the comparisons that Africans and African Americans themselves drew between their situations, arguing that the transatlantic encounter enabled both groups to understand and act upon their worlds in new ways.
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Editorial Reviews

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A wonderful example of the best of comparative religious history.

Religious Studies Review

A major contribution to a genre just beginning to appear, what one can only call transatlantic history.

Transition

A sweeping, powerful, vibrant study.

Frederick Jackson Turner Award committee

Campbell's analysis is illuminating, important and in some ways courageous.

American Historical Review

Prodigiously researched, well crafted, and insightful.

Journal of American History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195078923
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Pages: 448
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.51 (d)

Meet the Author

James T. Campbell is senior research officer at the Institute for Advanced Social Research at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Book One
1. Vindicating the Race
2. Harnessing the Spirit
3. Through the Looking Glass

Book Two
4. Stretch Forth Thy Hands
5. African Methodism as a Social Movement, I
6. African Methodism as a Social Movement, II

Book Three
7. The Making of a Religious Institution
8. "The Seed You Sow in Africa"
9. Middle Passages

Epilogue
Notes
Index

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