The Negro Church: Report of a Social Study Made under the Direction of Atlanta University: Together with the Proceedings of the Eighth Conference for the Study of the Negro Problems, Held at Atlanta University, May 26th, 1903

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First published in 1903, The Negro Church is not only the first extensive, in-depth sociological study of African-American religion specifically, but it is the first book-length sociological study of religion in general undertaken in the United States. Employing an array of historical, interview, survey, and participant-observation research methods, The Negro Church explores multiple aspects of African-American religious life in the early years of the twentieth century, from church finances to public opinion to denominational diversity to belief. This volume—primarily written by Du Bois himself—grew out of one of the groundbreaking "Study of Negro Problems" conferences organized by Du Bois while he was at Atlanta University. A new introduction gives the historical context of the work and demonstrates its continuing importance for sociologists, historians, religion scholars, and anyone interested in the religious institutions of African Americans over the last century.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Religion and Spirituality In Social Work
This clear-eyed, penetrating, and systematic study conveys the immediacy of a first hand look at a long gone society, a memory that should not be allowed to fade into oblivion.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
The defining characteristic of The Negro Church is the fervor and urgency with which a leading scholar makes an empirical argument. In this case, Du Bois's passion is not in his prose, but rather in his method.
Journal Of Religion and Spirituality In Social Work
This clear-eyed, penetrating, and systematic study conveys the immediacy of a first hand look at a long gone society, a memory that should not be allowed to fade into oblivion.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
The defining characteristic of The Negro Church is the fervor and urgency with which a leading scholar makes an empirical argument. In this case, Du Bois's passion is not in his prose, but rather in his method.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759103276
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Phil Zuckerman teaches sociology at Pitzer College and is the editor of Du Bois on Religon (AltaMira Press, 2000). Sandra Barnes teaches at the African American Studies & Research Center at Purdue University. Daniel Cady is a graduate student in American history at the Claremont Graduate School.

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Table of Contents

The Negro Church: An Introduction
Preface
Bibliography
Primitive Negro Religion 1
Effect of Transplanting 2
The Obeah Sorcery 5
Slavery and Christianity 6
Early Restrictions 10
The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel 12
The Moravians, Methodists, Baptists, and Presbyterians 15
The Sects and Slavery 20
Toussaint L'Ouverture and Nat Turner 22
Third Period of Missionary Enterprise 26
The Earlier Churches and Preachers 30
Some Other Ante-Bellum Preachers 35
The Negro Church in 1890 37
Local Studies, 1902-3 49
A Black Belt County, Georgia 57
A Town in Florida 64
A Southern City 69
Virginia 80
The Middle West, Illinois 83
The Middle West, Ohio 92
An Eastern City 108
Present Condition of Churches - The Baptists 111
The African Methodists 123
The Zion Methodists 131
The Colored Methodists 133
The Methodists 134
The Episcopalians 138
The Presbyterians 142
The Congregationalists 147
Summary of Negro Churches, 1900-1903 153
Negro Laymen and the Church 154
Southern Whites and the Negro Church 164
The Moral Status of Negroes 176
Children and the Church 185
The Training of Ministers 190
Some Notable Preachers 202
The Eighth Atlanta Conference 202
Remarks of Dr. Washington Gladden 204
Resolutions 207
Index 209
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