9780195145854

Canaan Land A Religious History of African Americans

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  • ISBN13:

    9780195145854

  • ISBN10:

    0195145852

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-02-22
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

Throughout African-American history, religion has been indelibly intertwined with the fight against intolerance and racial prejudice. Martin Luther King, Jr.-America's best-known champion of civil liberties-was a Baptist minister. Father Divine, a fiery preacher who established a largefollowing in the 1920s and 1930s, convinced his disciples that he could cure not only disease and infirmity, but also poverty and racism. An in-depth examination of African-American history and religion, this comprehensive and lively book provides panoramic coverage of the black religious and social experience in America. Renowned historian Albert J. Raboteau traces the subtle blending of African tribal customs with the powerfulChristian establishment, the migration to cities, the growth of Islam, and the 200-year fight for freedom and identity which was so often centered around African-American churches. From the African Methodist Episcopal Church to the Nation of Islam and from the first African slaves to LouisFarrakhan, this far-reaching book chronicles the evolution of an important and influential component of our religious and historical heritage. African American Religion combines meticulously researched historical facts with a fast-paced, engaging narrative that will appeal to readers of any age. Religion in American Life explores the evolution, character, and dynamics of organized religion in America from 1500 to the present day. Written by distinguished religious historians, these books weave together the varying stories that compose the religious fabric of the United States, fromPuritanism to alternative religious practices. Primary source material coupled with handsome illustrations and lucid text make these books essential in any exploration of America's diverse nature. Each book includes a chronology, suggestions for further reading, and index.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Beginnings
3(18)
The Independent African Church Movement
21(21)
``The Invisible Institution'': Religion Among the Slaves
42(19)
In Search of Canaan: Emancipation and the Limits of Freedom
61(21)
From Plantation to Ghetto: Religion in the City
82(42)
The Black Freedom Struggle
124(1)
Black Faith: Continuity Within Change
124(12)
Chronology 136(4)
Further Reading 140(6)
Index 146

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