This study, first published in 1997, attempts to fill a gap in the historiography of the African American church by analysing the role and place of the African American church in one city, Birmingham, Alabama. It traces the roles and functions of the church from the arrival of African Americans as slaves in the early 1800s to 1963, the year that the civil rights movement reached a peak in the city. This title will be of interest to students of nineteenth- and twentieth-century religious and social history.
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; 1. Slavery, Religion, and African American Churches 2. Migration and the Formation of African American Churches in the New South City of Birmingham 3. Expansion and African American Church Life 4. Leadership, Institution Building and the African American Church in Birmingham 5. The African American Church Between the World Wars: Continuity and Preservation 6. The African American Church Between the World Wars: Communism and New Religious Responses 7. Rising Militancy and the African American Church from World War II to the Civil Rights Movement; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index