224 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 8 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6871-0
Published: November 2021
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2937-7
Published: August 2016
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This study offers new ways of understanding the intersections between black political and religious thought of this era. Until now, scholarship on black religion has not highlighted how pervasive or contested these beliefs were. This narrative, however, tracks how these ideas governed particular political moments as African Americans sought to define and defend their freedom in the forty years following emancipation.
About the Author
Matthew Harper is assistant professor of history and Africana studies at Mercer University.
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“A most provocative and interesting volume that points to some promising new angles of scholarship in American and African American religious history. Those who are studying African American religion or history in the Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction periods will benefit greatly from reading and interacting with this work.”--Reading Religion
“[Harper's] extensive research in multiple archives yields a valuable account of black Protestants tenaciously asserting that the god of Christian faith was still active in history despite the overwhelming expansion of institutional racism. Recommended.”--Choice
“Solidly researched and accessibly written. . . . An important addition to the literature on African American religiosity during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.”--Journal of Church and State
“Provides a fresh perspective on African American politics and religion.”--North Carolina Historical Review
“Illustrates how black biblical and theological interpretations challenged, and often inverted, those of white Southerners.”--Reviews in American History
“In this concentrated study of black Protestant leaders in North Carolina, Matthew Harper shows that placing themselves within biblical stories allowed black Protestants to chart their future . . . [Harper] seeks to demonstrate that theology preceded political choice and economic reality.”--Journal of American History