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For centuries, Psalm 68:31 "Princes shall come forth out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch forth her hands unto God," also known as the Ethiopian prophecy, has served as a pivotal and seminal text for those of African descent in the Americas.

Originally, it was taken to mean that the slavery of African Americans was akin to the slavery of the Hebrews in Egypt, and thus it became an articulation of the emancipation struggle. However, it has also been used as an impetus for missionary work in Africa, as an inspirational backbone for the civil rights movement, and as a call for a separate black identity during the twentieth century.

Utilizing examples from Richard Allen, Maria W. Stewart, Kate Drumgoold, Phillis Wheatley, Martin Delany, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, and Ralph Ellison, Kay reveals the wide variety of ways this verse has been interpreted and conceptualized in African American history and letters for more than two hundred years.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Front Matter
  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xi
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  1. Introduction. The Inch and Ells of Psalm 68:31
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 1. Early Jewish and Christian Figures of Ethiopia
  2. pp. 21-34
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  1. 2. Managing Blackness: Protestant Readings of Psalm 68:31 in Colonial America
  2. pp. 35-51
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  1. 3. Uplifting Ethiopia in America: Conversion, Self-Consciousness, and the Figure of Ethiopia
  2. pp. 52-81
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  1. 4. Missionary Emigrationism: Psalm 68:31 and Uplifting the Ethiopians in Africa
  2. pp. 82-110
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  1. 5. Psalm 68:31 and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America
  2. pp. 111-136
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  1. 6. Reading for Independence: The Figure of Ethiopia and the New Africa
  2. pp. 137-167
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  1. 7. Rewriting Psalm 68:31: Narrative Formations of Ethiopia
  2. pp. 168-200
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  1. 8. Figural Exhaustion: Parodying the Figures of Ethiopia
  2. pp. 201-213
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  1. Conclusion. Reading and Refiguring the Figures of Ethiopia
  2. pp. 215-222
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-238
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 239-246
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 247-258
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  1. About the Author
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  1. Series List
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813040516
Related ISBN
9780813037325
MARC Record
OCLC
751977974
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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