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From the Publisher"The authors' breadth of research is impressive, and their incorporation of material culture is a model for future scholarship."--Journal of American History
"[A] compelling study. . . . This work will captivate readers of American religious and racial history."--Library Journal
"Thoroughly fascinating."--Booklist Starred Review and 2013 Top 10 Black History Nonfiction
"A powerful and groundbreaking book. . . . [Blum and Harvey] masterfully probe how a sacred icon can be a tool at once of racial oppression and liberation. A must-read for those interested in American religious history, this book will forever change the w
"A fascinating story that we cannot afford to ignore."--Books & Culture
"This is a key work for students of American Christianity, but also a worthwhile read for undergraduates and general readers interested in the intersection of race, Christianity, and religion. It is an important acquisition for religion collections of all
"This model of academic inquiry and analysis is clearly written, deeply researched, socially engaged, ambitious in the intellectual scope of its questions about race and religion, and methodical in its answers."--A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 20
"Blum and Harvey have produced a rich and readable narrative that begins with the Puritans and concludes with Jesus in the age of Obama"--Christian Century
"Readers will definitely benefit from engaging the authors' discoveries and analyses for themselves."--Interpretation
"An easy read."--Nova Religio
"The writing itself is deft. . . . Without actually taking a clear political stance themselves, Blum and Harvey nonetheless map the habits of white racist sacralities in the face of a Jesus rendered increasingly rainbow. This is a thought-provoking book."
"With considerable skill, Edward Blum and Paul Harvey have closed a gap in the scholarship of race and American religion by crafting a sweeping narrative chronicling the ways that the physical image of Jesus has encoded various iterations of American raci
"An engaging and sympathetic piece of scholarship that will appeal to a wide audience. It will be a significant contribution to many literatures, including those that consider European and American Christianity, constructions of race, and race relations."