African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness

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Milton C. Sernett
Duke University Press, 1999 - History - 595 pages
This widely-heralded collection of remarkable documents offers a view of African American religious history from Africa and early America through Reconstruction to the rise of black nationalism, civil rights, and black theology of today. The documents—many of them rare, out-of-print, or difficult to find—include personal narratives, sermons, letters, protest pamphlets, early denominational histories, journalistic accounts, and theological statements. In this volume Olaudah Equiano describes Ibo religion. Lemuel Haynes gives a black Puritan's farewell. Nat Turner confesses. Jarena Lee becomes a female preacher among the African Methodists. Frederick Douglass discusses Christianity and slavery. Isaac Lane preaches among the freedmen. Nannie Helen Burroughs reports on the work of Baptist women. African Methodist bishops deliberate on the Great Migration. Bishop C. H. Mason tells of the Pentecostal experience. Mahalia Jackson recalls the glory of singing at the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes from the Birmingham jail.
Originally published in 1985, this expanded second edition includes new sources on women, African missions, and the Great Migration. Milton C. Sernett provides a general introduction as well as historical context and comment for each document.

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Contents

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New York
34
GEORGE LIELE AND ANDREW BRYAN Letters from Pioneer Black
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LEMUEL HAYNES A Black Puritans Farewell
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of Christ
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THOMAS WENTWORTH HIGGINSON Slave Songs and Spirituals
112
RICHARD ALLEN Life Experience and Gospel Labors
139
ROSA YOUNG What Induced Me to Build a School in the Rural
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Baptist Church
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CARTER G WOODSON Things of the Spirit
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BENJAMIN E MAYS AND JOSEPH W NICHOLSON The Genius of
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ST CLAIR DRAKE AND HORACE R CAYTON The Churches
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MARCUS GARVEY Garvey Tells His Own Story
453

CHRISTOPHER RUSH Rise of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion
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JARENA LEE A Female Preacher among the African Methodists
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NATHANIEL PAUL African Baptists Celebrate Emancipation in
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Religion
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MARIA STEWART Mrs Stewarts Farewell Address to Her Friends
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JERMAIN W LOGUEN I Will Not Live a Slave
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LUCIUS H Holsey The Colored Methodist Episcopal Church
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AMANDA SMITH The Travail of a Female Colored Evangelist
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ALEXANDER CRUMMELL The Regeneration of Africa
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Congress 1889
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ELSIE W Mason Bishop C H Mason Church of God in Christ
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W E B DUBOIS Of the Faith of the Fathers
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RANSOM The Race Problem in a Christian State 1906
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MILES MARK FISCHER Organized Religion and the Cults
464
RABBI MATTHEW Black Judaism in Harlem
473
HERBERT MORRISOHN SMITH Elder Lucy Smith
487
WALLACE D MUHAMMAD SelfGovernment in the New World
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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR Letter from Birmingham Jail April
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MAHALIA JACKSON Singing of Good Tidings and Freedom
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Hope
548
NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK CHURCHMEN Black Power
555
Where Do
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A New Agenda
580
Index
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Milton C. Sernett is Professor of African-American studies at Syracuse University. He is the author of several books, including Bound for the Promised Land, also published by Duke University Press.