African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness by Milton C. Sernett

By Milton C. Sernett

This widely-heralded choice of awesome files deals a view of African American non secular historical past from Africa and early the US via Reconstruction to the increase of black nationalism, civil rights, and black theology of at the present time. The documents—many of them infrequent, out-of-print, or tough to find—include own narratives, sermons, letters, protest pamphlets, early denominational histories, journalistic debts, and theological statements. during this quantity Olaudah Equiano describes Ibo faith. Lemuel Haynes supplies a black Puritan’s farewell. Nat Turner confesses. Jarena Lee turns into a feminine preacher one of the African Methodists. Frederick Douglass discusses Christianity and slavery. Isaac Lane preaches one of the freedmen. Nannie Helen Burroughs studies at the paintings of Baptist ladies. African Methodist bishops planned at the nice Migration. Bishop C. H. Mason tells of the Pentecostal event. Mahalia Jackson recollects the glory of making a song on the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes from the Birmingham jail.
initially released in 1985, this increased moment version contains new assets on girls, African missions, and the nice Migration. Milton C. Sernett offers a common creation in addition to old context and remark for every document.

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Greenwood Press, 1987. Edwards, Paul, and James Walvin. Black Personalities in the Era of the Slave Trade. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1983. Equiano, Olaudah. The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings. Edited by Vincent Carretta. New York: Penguin Books, 1995. Ilogu, Edmund. Christianity and Ibo Culture. Leiden: Brill, 1974. Parrinder, Edward Geoffrey. West African Religion: A Study of the Beliefs and Practices of Akan, Ewe, Yoruba, lbo, and Kindred Peoples. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1970.

I bless God for having at last rendred the Masters sensible of their own Advantage in that respect. Four or 6 shall be soon baptised by the Consent of their Masters, and the others with the Children in time, except in danger of death, those Slaves behave themselves very well, and do better for their Masters profit than formerly, for they are taught to serve out of Christian Love & Duty; they tell me openly that they will -29- Francis Ie Jau ever bless God for their knowing good things which they knew not before.

The sublimation of spiritual freedom for physical freedom, the reinforcement of the biblical model of the master-slave relationship, and doubts about the capacity of blacks to handle freedom-echoed by others such as John Chavis, the famous black Presbyterian minister in North Carolina-placed Hammon in a distinct minority in the African American community. Only in death did Hammon find freedom. " Yes my dear brethren, when I think of you, which is very often, and of the poor, despised and miserable state SOURCE: An Address to the Negroes in the State of New York, by Jupiter Hammon, Servant of John Lloyd, jun, Esq of the Manor of Queen's Village, Long Island.

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