This book has explored how the creation of the spirituals enabled African Americans to develop their theological and cultural orientation. It has argued that the metaphor of the spiritual can serve as an Afrocentric narrative hermeneutic for black theology and cultural criticism, and thus should have priority for historical and cultural reasons. It has also shown how the recognition of African cultural structures has contributed to the development of black critical theory since the work of seminal black scholars, particularly W. E. B. DuBois, Melville Herskovits, and Zora Neale Hurston. The book's central thesis underscores the reality of African presence in African American cultural life.
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