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After Redemption: Jim Crow and the Transformation of African American Religion in the Delta, 1875-1915

John M. Giggie


This book explores religious transformation in the lives of ex-slaves and their descendants living in the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta between the end of Reconstruction and the start of the Great Migration. It argues that Delta blacks, who were overwhelmingly rural sharecroppers and tenant farmers, developed a rich and complex sacred culture during this era. They forged a new religious culture by integrating their spiritual life with many of the defining features of the post‐Reconstruction South, including the rise of segregation and racial violence, the emergence of new forms of technology ... More

Keywords: African American, Black, religion, church history, history of Christianity, American Studies, Baptist, Methodist, Holiness, Pentecostal, Great Migration, Delta, Arkansas, Mississippi, rural, sharecropper, tenant farmer, South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195304039
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304039.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Giggie, author
University of Texas at San Antonio (As of Fall 2007)
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