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Come Shouting to Zion African American Protestantism in the American South and British Caribbean to 1830

ISBN-10: 0807846813
ISBN-13: 9780807846810
Edition: 1998
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Description: The conversion of African-born slaves and their descendants to Protestant Christianity marked one of the most important social and intellectual transformations in American history.Come Shouting to Zionis the first comprehensive exploration of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 3/16/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

The conversion of African-born slaves and their descendants to Protestant Christianity marked one of the most important social and intellectual transformations in American history.Come Shouting to Zionis the first comprehensive exploration of the processes by which this remarkable transition occurred. Using an extraordinary array of archival sources, Sylvia Frey and Betty Wood chart the course of religious conversion from the transference of traditional African religions to the New World through the growth of Protestant Christianity in the American South and British Caribbean up to 1830. Come Shouting to Ziondepicts religious transformation as a complex reciprocal movement involving blackandwhite Christians. It highlights the role of African American preachers in the conversion process and demonstrates the extent to which African American women were responsible for developing distinctive ritual patterns of worship and divergent moral values within the black spiritual community. Finally, the book sheds light on the ways in which, by serving as a channel for the assimilation of Western culture into the slave quarters, Protestant Christianity helped transform Africans into African Americans.

Acknowledgement
Introduction
Africa
The Americas
The Anglicans
The First Awakening
The Great Revival
Religious Transformation
The Religious Community
Afterword
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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