Canaan Land: A Religious History of African Americans by Albert J. Raboteau

By Albert J. Raboteau

All through African-American heritage, faith has been indelibly intertwined with the struggle opposed to 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 demonstrated a wide following within the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, confident his disciples that he might medication not just ailment and disease, but additionally poverty and racism.
An in-depth exam of African-American heritage and faith, this finished and energetic ebook offers panoramic insurance of the black non secular and social adventure in the US. popular historian Albert J. Raboteau strains the sophisticated mixing of African tribal customs with the robust Christian institution, the migration to towns, the expansion of Islam, and the 200-year struggle for freedom and identification which used to be so usually headquartered round African-American church buildings. From the African Methodist Episcopal Church to the state of Islam and from the 1st African slaves to Louis Farrakhan, this far-reaching e-book chronicles the evolution of a tremendous and influential element of our non secular and historic historical past. African American faith combines meticulously researched historic proof with a fast moving, enticing narrative that might attract readers of any age.

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To oppress each other, and . . ) Walker also criticized European-American Christianity by predicting that “if ever the world becomes Christianized . . ” Protest eventually led to political organization—and again the church played a central role. An increase in the number of laws discriminating against blacks led black leaders to believe that they needed to form some national movement to fight for their rights. In response, the first of a series of national Negro conventions met in 1830 at Bethel Church in Philadelphia with Bishop Richard Allen acting as chair.

Protest eventually led to political organization—and again the church played a central role. An increase in the number of laws discriminating against blacks led black leaders to believe that they needed to form some national movement to fight for their rights. In response, the first of a series of national Negro conventions met in 1830 at Bethel Church in Philadelphia with Bishop Richard Allen acting as chair. There, the 40 delegates discussed the discrimination and poverty that confronted black citizens at every turn, and proceeded to organize the American Society of Free Persons of Colour, whose purpose was to improve conditions for black people in the United States and to establish a settlement in Canada for those driven from their homes by anti-black laws.

29 • African-American Religion The independence of black churches and black ministers in the South was always threatened by restrictions, especially in reaction to reports of actual or rumored slave revolts, when all gatherings of blacks for whatever purpose were viewed with alarm. For slaves to participate in the organization, leadership, and conduct of churches seemed dangerous. Nevertheless, unlikely as it may seem, black Image Not Available churches continued to grow in the slaveholding South.

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