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

By Milton C. Sernett

This widely-heralded selection of impressive records deals a view of African American non secular background 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 tricky 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 offers 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 stories at the paintings of Baptist girls. African Methodist bishops planned at the nice Migration. Bishop C. H. Mason tells of the Pentecostal event. Mahalia Jackson remembers 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 multiplied moment version comprises new assets on ladies, African missions, and the good Migration. Milton C. Sernett offers a basic creation in addition to old context and remark for every document.

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It is very wicked for you not to take care of your masters' goods; but how much worse is it to pilfer and steal from them, whenever you think you shall not be found out. This you must know is very wicked and provoking to God. There are none of you so ignorant but that you must know that this is wrong. Though you may try to excuse yourselves by saying that your masters are unjust to you, and though you may try to quiet your consciences -36 - "Address to the Negroes in the State of New York" in this way, yet if you are honest in owning the truth, you must think it is as wicked, and on some accounts more wicked to steal from your masters, than from others.

Sacred Possessions: Vodou, Santeria, Obeah, and the Caribbean. : Rutgers University Press, 1997. Schuler, Monica. "Myalism and the African Religious Tradition in Jamaica:' In Africa and the Caribbean. Edited by Margaret E. Crahan and Franklin W. Knight. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979. Pp. 65-79. Simpson, George Eaton. Religious Cults of the Caribbean: Trinidad, Jamaica, and Haiti. 3d ed. : Institute of Caribbean Studies, University of Puerto Rico, 1980. -24- FRANCIS LE JAU Slave Conversion on the Carolina Frontier Most surveys ofAmerican religious history begin with the establishment ofPuritanism in New England.

On Sunday next I design God willing to baptise two very sensible and honest Negro Men whom I have kept upon tryal these two Years. Several others have spoken to me also; I do nothing too hastily in that respect. I instruct them and must have the consent of their Masters with a good Testimony and proof of their honest life and sober Conversation: Some Masters in my parish are very well satisfyed with my Proceedings in that respect: others do not seem to be so; yet they have given over opposing my design openly; it is to be hoped the good Example of the one will have an influence over the others.

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