Jesus, Jobs, and Justice African American Women and Religion

ISBN-10: 1400044200
ISBN-13: 9781400044207
Edition: 2010
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Description: This groundbreaking book begins with slavery and gives us a remarkable account of the religious faith, social and political activism, and extraordinary resilience of black women during the centuries of American growth and change. Collier-Thomas  More...

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List price: $44.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/2/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 736
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

This groundbreaking book begins with slavery and gives us a remarkable account of the religious faith, social and political activism, and extraordinary resilience of black women during the centuries of American growth and change. Collier-Thomas makes clear that while religion has been a guiding force in the lives of most African Americans, for black women it has been essential. As co-creators of churches, black women were a central factor in their development. Collier-Thomas explores the ways in which women had to cope with sexism in black churches as well as racism in mostly white denominations in their efforts to create missionary societies and form women's conventions; and how, within the church, men treated women as second-class citizens despite their importance to the very existence and survival of the church itself. African American churchwomen created national organizations such as the National Association of Colored Women and the National Council of Negro Women, they confronted racism in white-led quasi Christian groups such as the YWCA, and they worked in male-dominated organizations such as the NAACP and National Urban League, to demand civil rights, equal employment, and educational opportunities, and to protest lynching, segregation, and discrimination. Jesus, Jobs, and Justicerestores black women to their rightful place in American history, elucidating both the quality and consequence of their faith in themselves, their race, and their God.

BETTYE COLLIER-THOMAS is associate professor of history and director of the Temple University Center for African American History and Culture. She is the founding executive director of the Bethune Museum-Archives, Inc., the first institution in the United States to focus on the documentation and preservation of African American women's history. Collier-Thomas's research focuses on African American women, popular culture, and religion.

List of Illustration
Prologue
"Soul Hunger": Li Slavery and Freedom
"Taxation Without Representation": Religious Leadership
"A Woman's Church Within the Church": The Woman's Movement in the Church
"The Relief Corps of Heaven": Women and Missions
"Righteous Guidance": Religion and Politics
Across the Divide: The Interracial and Interdenominational Movement
"Womanpower",-Religion, Race, Gender Consolidation of a Movement
"Jesus, Jobs, and Justice": The Black Woman's Agenda
Coda
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Notes
Index

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