restricted access Chapter Five. A Table Prepared by Our Enemies

This chapter explains how black southerners interpreted early Jim Crow politics in light of the theological expectations they held from emancipation. Despite new forms of segregation, intensified racial violence, and disfranchisment efforts, black Protestants in North Carolina were encouraged by Fusion, a successful biracial political movement, and black autonomy in that state's black regiment for the Spanish American War. Then, a devastating white supremacy campaign in 1898 left African Americans in mourning. Black Protestant leaders turned to the crucifixion narrative to make sense of the loss. Just as Jesus faced abandoned by God on the cross only days before his glorious resurrection, black southerners still had reason to hope. Their theological expectations forced them to see their own struggle for freedom as uninterrupted by the politics of Jim Crow.


Subject Headings

  • African Americans -- Southern States -- Religion.
  • African Americans -- Southern States -- History.
  • African Americans -- Southern States -- Social conditions.
  • Freedmen -- Southern States -- Social conditions.
  • Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877).
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