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The Black church : this is our story, this is our song


Summary: From the earliest days of slavery, when enslaved people were allowed to worship at all, their meetinghouses were subject to surveillance and destruction. Church burnings and bombings by anti-Black racists have continued to the present day, a hallmark of the violent effort to suppress the African American struggle for equality. Gates takes us on a journey spanning more than five centuries, from the intersection of Christianity and the transatlantic slave trade to today's political landscape. We emerge with a new understanding of the importance of African American religion to the larger national narrative: as a center of resistance to slavery and white supremacy, as a magnet for political mobilization, as an incubator of musical and oratorical talent that would transform the culture, and as a crucible for working through the Black community's most critical personal and social issues. -- adapted from jacket

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  • ISBN: 9781984880345
  • ISBN: 1984880330
  • ISBN: 9781984880338
  • Physical Description: xxiv, 278 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2021.
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    • Most Copies: 3 / 5.0
    • Top Circs: 2 / 5.0

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-264) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The freedom faith -- A nation within a nation -- Speakers of the word -- God will make a way -- Crisis of faith -- Epilogue: On the Holy Ghost : the beautiful and the sublime, the vision and the trance -- Appendix: Great voices in the African American preaching tradition.
Subject: African American churches History
African Americans Religion History
RELIGION / Christianity / General
African American churches
African Americans Religion
Genre: History.

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