Throughout African-American history, religion has been indelibly intertwined with the fight against 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 established a large following in the 1920s and 1930s, convinced his disciples that he could cure not only disease and infirmity, but also poverty and racism.An in-depth examination of African-American history and religion, this comprehensive and lively book provides panoramic coverage of the black religious and social experience in America. Renowned historian Albert J. Raboteau traces the subtle blending of African tribal customs with the powerful Christian establishment, the migration to cities, the growth of Islam, and the 200-year fight for freedom and identity which was so often centered around African-American churches. From the African Methodist Episcopal Church to the Nation of Islam and from the first African slaves to Louis Farrakhan, this far-reaching book chronicles the evolution of an important and influential component of our religious and historical heritage. African American Religion combines meticulously researched historical facts with a fast-paced, engaging narrative that will appeal to readers of any age.
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Albert J. Raboteau
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Religion in American Life
Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Young Adult Audience
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"An excellent introductory text for high school through graduate school courses in Ameircan religion, African-American religion, and black theology."--National Catholic Reporter
"Read it, then tell the stories to your children. Add [this book] to your bookshelf because it documents in pictures and words the journey of blacks in America and the integral role of the church....A good read, particularly now."--New Jersey Star Ledger
"[A] wonderfully informative and brief introduction to African-American religious traditions....This well-written, concise primer, sprinkled with primary sources, covers all of the highlights and deserves to become a staple of college syllabi."--Publishers Weekly
... very readable and offers good illustrations.
Canaan Land gives a concise overview of the major factors influencing African American faith ... offers an insight into the African American experience.
Raboteau offers a comprehensive introductory text for undergraduates unfamiliar with African American religious traditions.
Roboteau is right in pointing out that religion has been neglected in African American scholarship, and his book is a good starting point for setting the record straight.