restricted access Epilogue. Some Great Plan

By the 1910s, even as some cities held major parades for the semincentennial anniversary of emancipation, annual emancipation day celebrations were already ending in some places. Some black leaders, especially the generation that could not remember the emancipation of southern slaves, wanted "a new emancipation," not the memory of an old one. This epilogue argues that even though emancipation gradually lost its place in black thought as the fulcrum of divine and human history, many features of African Americans' hopeful eschatology, or the understand of the end times, remained the same in the twentieth century. Black political decisions in the Great Migration, Garveyism, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Nation of Islam depended upon a particular retelling of the past and a claim to God-ordained race destiny that had their roots in the theological meaning black southerners gave emancipation.


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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