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- DescriptionEssays exploring a rich diversity of post-emancipation life for a largely understudied group of Baptists In the wake of the American Civil War, freed people of colour who had either worshipped with their former masters or observed their faith privately w enjoyed a measure of freedom and self-determination. Baptist ranks swelled as new converts joined the faithful in building new churches, organizing mission and educational societies, and openly exercising their faith. In short, it was a rich, diverse experience that merits further inquiry. The essays in Between Fetters and Freedom: African American Baptists since Emancipation explore a number of issues bearing on post-Civil War African American Baptists. With limited resources at their disposal, precisely what did freedom mean? Would African American Baptist organizations be recognized as legitimate by white peer organizations? What sort of internal stress would African American organizations face as they gained traction in the black community, and what sort of stress would a rapidly changing culture place on those organizations and the people who made them what they were? Through it all, preachers and lay people alike wondered how their voices would be heard above the din. As the title suggests, emancipation inaugurated a time of freedom. True, the Civil War ended slavery and African American Baptists are longer in fetters, but the War did t eradicate racism. Arguably, even in well-defined religious circles complete freedom remains tinged with uncertainty and in some respects unfulfilled.
- Author BiographyA native of Vicksburg, Mississippi,Edward R. Crowther is professor of History at Adams State University. He is the author of Southern Evangelicals and the Coming of the Civil War, along with numerous articles and reviews. Keith Harper is professor of Baptist Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA. He is the editor of Send the Light: Lottie Moon's Letters and Other Writings and Rescue the Perishing: Selected Letters from Annie Armstrong and Other Writings.
- PublisherMercer University Press
- Date of Publication30/12/2015
- SubjectChristian History & Denominations
- Series TitleThe James N. Griffith Endowed Series in Baptist Studies
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMercer University Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight825 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Edited byEdward R. Crowther,Keith Harper
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