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African-American Faith in America

When Africans were taken from their homes and families and brought to America as slaves, they carried with them a tradition of spirituality that over the centuries has greatly influenced the religious lives of … (See Below for Full Description)
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When Africans were taken from their homes and families and brought to America as slaves, they carried with them a tradition of spirituality that over the centuries has greatly influenced the religious lives of African Americans. Initially many African slaves resisted conversion to the belief systems of their owners. In the years that followed black churches grew more freely and African Americans created their own ways of celebrating faith in their communities.

A survey of the history of African-American religion written by a leading expert in the field, African-American Faith in America discusses the many ways that African Americans celebrate faith, the significant role that faith has played in their communities, and the influence their faith has had on society at large. Paying special attention to how ancient traditions and practices have affected Christianity and Islam in America, this volume in the Faith in America set also explores cultural impacts, such as the influence of gospel and church music on mainstream music and performance and the role African-American religious leaders play in politics.

Coverage includes:

  • Short biographies of Sojourner Truth, Dr. James Pennington, Marcus Garvey, Biddy Mason, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as early African-American converts to Christianity, such as Phillis Wheatley, Henry Evans, and John Stewart
  • The origins of the Negro Spiritual
  • The establishment of the first independent black church
  • The origins of the Nation of Islam
  • Important religious leaders during the Civil Rights movement
  • Black churches' contribution to education and social service
  • The establishment of the National Association of Colored Women
  • Black churches at the forefront of the discussion about voting issues in Florida during the 2000 presidential election.

Additional Info

ISBN-13 978-0-8160-4990-5
ISBN-10 816049904
Bundle Options Individual
Language English
Publisher Infobase Learning
From the Series Faith in America
Author Larry G. Murphy; Series Editor: J. Gordon Melton
Publication Date 11/1/2002
Book's Binding Hardcover
Imprint Facts On File
Specifications Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Bibliography. Glossary. Chronology. Index.
Available Formats Print

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