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That churches are one of the most important cornerstones of black political organization is a commonplace. In this history of African American Protestantism and American politics at the end of the Civil War, Nicole Myers Turner challenges the idea of black churches as having always been politically engaged. Using local archives, church and convention minutes, and innovative Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping, Turner reveals how freedpeople in Virginia adapted strategies for pursuing the freedom of their souls to worship as they saw fit—and to participate in society completely in the evolving landscape of emancipation.

Freedpeople, for both evangelical and electoral reasons, were well aware of the significance of the physical territory they occupied, and they sought to organize the geographies that they could in favor of their religious and political agendas at the outset of Reconstruction. As emancipation included opportunities to purchase properties, establish black families, and reconfigure gender roles, the ministry became predominantly male, a development that affected not only discourses around family life but also the political project of crafting, defining, and teaching freedom. After freedmen obtained the right to vote, an array of black-controlled institutions increasingly became centers for political organizing on the basis of networks that mirrored those established earlier by church associations.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Figures, Graphs, Maps, and Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Note from the Author about the Digital Humanities and This Book
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Abbreviations in the Text
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Chapter One: Making a New Religious Freedom
  2. pp. 11-31
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  1. Chapter Two: Independent Black Church Conventions, 1866–1868
  2. pp. 32-56
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  1. Chapter Three: Religion, Race, and Gender at the Congregational Level
  2. pp. 57-80
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  1. Chapter Four: Theological Education, Race Relations, and Gender, 1875–1882
  2. pp. 81-105
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  1. Chapter Five: Politics of Engagement
  2. pp. 106-143
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 144-148
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  1. Appendix I. Black Politicians and Religious Affiliations, 1865–1890
  2. pp. 149-152
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  1. Appendix II. Baptist Association Membership and Churches
  2. pp. 153-156
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469655246
Related ISBN(s)
9781469655222, 9781469655239
MARC Record
OCLC
1142012122
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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