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African American Christianity, Pt. II: From the Civil War to the Great Migration, 1865–1920

Author: Maffly-Kipp, Laurie F. (NHC Fellow, 1993–94)

The story of African American religion between Emancipation and the northern migration that began just prior to World War I is a tale of regionally distinctive communities that found several areas of common cause, not the least of which were the advent of Jim Crow and lynching as ominous new forms of racism. But an understanding of religious experience in this era must also be supplemented by the complexities of the many internal boundaries in African American life in both the north and south—class divisions, rural/urban differences, and gender issues that accompanied the dawn of freedom.

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Subjects: History; Education Studies; African American History; Christianity; Emancipation; Great Migration; Pentecostalism