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The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America / Edition 1
     

The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America / Edition 1

by Edward J. Blum, Paul Harvey
 

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ISBN-10: 0807835722

ISBN-13: 9780807835722

Pub. Date: 09/21/2012

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

How is it that in America the image of Jesus Christ has been used both to justify the atrocities of white supremacy and to inspire the righteousness of civil rights crusades? In The Color of Christ, Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey weave a tapestry of American dreams and visions—from witch hunts to web pages, Harlem to Hollywood, slave cabins to South

Overview

How is it that in America the image of Jesus Christ has been used both to justify the atrocities of white supremacy and to inspire the righteousness of civil rights crusades? In The Color of Christ, Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey weave a tapestry of American dreams and visions—from witch hunts to web pages, Harlem to Hollywood, slave cabins to South Park, Mormon revelations to Indian reservations—to show how Americans remade the Son of God visually time and again into a sacred symbol of their greatest aspirations, deepest terrors, and mightiest strivings for racial power and justice.
The Color of Christ uncovers how, in a country founded by Puritans who destroyed depictions of Jesus, Americans came to believe in the whiteness of Christ. Some envisioned a white Christ who would sanctify the exploitation of Native Americans and African Americans and bless imperial expansion. Many others gazed at a messiah, not necessarily white, who was willing and able to confront white supremacy. The color of Christ still symbolizes America's most combustible divisions, revealing the power and malleability of race and religion from colonial times to the presidency of Barack Obama.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807835722
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/21/2012
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Introduction: The Holy Face of Race 7

Part I Born Across the Sea

1 When Christ Crossed the Atlantic 27

2 Revolutionary Visions in Colonial Confines 53

3 From Light to White in the Early Republic 76

Part II Crucified and Resurrected

4 Body Battles in Antebellum America 105

5 Christ in the Camps 120

6 Nordic and Nativist in an Age of Imperialism 141

Part III Ascended and Still Ascending

7 The Great Commission in the Great Depression 173

8 Civil Rights and the Coloring of Christ 205

9 A Deity in the Digital Age 234

Epilogue: Jesus Jokes 266

Acknowledgments 279

Notes 283

Index 327

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