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The End of Days This page intentionally left blank Matthew Harper The End of Days African American Religion and Politics in the Age of Emancipation The University of North Carolina Press ​Chapel Hill This book was published with the assistance of the Z. Smith Reynolds Fund of the University of North Carolina Press.© 2016 The University of North Carolina Press All rights reserved Set in Arno Pro by Westchester Publishing Ser­vices Manufactured in the United States of Amer­i­ca The University of North Carolina Press has been a member of the Green Press Initiative since 2003. Library of Congress Cataloging-­in-­Publication Data Names: Harper, Matthew, author. Title: The end of days : African American religion and politics in the age of emancipation / Matthew Harper. Description: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2016. | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2015049992 | ISBN 9781469629360 (cloth : alk. paper) | ISBN 9781469629377 (ebook) Subjects: LCSH: 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) Classification: LCC BR563.N4 H357 2016 | DDC 277.5/08108996073—­dc23 LC rec­ord available at http://­lccn​.­loc​.­gov​/­2015049992 Jacket illustration: African American soldiers mustered out at Little Rock, Arkansas, by Alfred R. Waud, from Harper’s Weekly, May 19, 1866 (courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-21005). Sections of the Introduction and chapter 1 ­were originally published as “Emancipation and African American Millennialism” in Apocalypse and the Millennium in the American Civil War Era, edited by Ben Wright and Zachary W. Dresser, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2013. To Elizabeth Keim Harper This page intentionally left blank ...


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