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After RedemptionJim Crow and the Transformation of African American Religion in the Delta, 1875-1915$
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John M. Giggie

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195304039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304039.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

AFRICAN AMERICAN RELIGION IN THE AGE OF SEGREGATION IN THE DELTA

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(p.3) INTRODUCTION
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After Redemption
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John M. Giggie (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304039.003.0001

The introduction argues that a study of black religion in the Delta in the post‐Reconstruction era promises to introduce new theoretical perspectives to three overlapping academic disciplines: American religious history, African American history, and southern history. It offers a working definition of American religion that integrates popular, church, and racial history; a sense of black history in which the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries represent a time of profound cultural experimentation that belie its label as the nadir of African American cultural accomplishment; and a view of southern history in which the religion of rural poorer blacks emerges as a rich and varied source of protest to segregation.

Keywords:   African American religion, history, segregation, South, Delta, nadir

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