African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness by Milton C. Sernett

By Milton C. Sernett

This widely-heralded selection of extraordinary records deals a view of African American non secular historical past from Africa and early the United States via Reconstruction to the increase of black nationalism, civil rights, and black theology of this day. The documents—many of them infrequent, out-of-print, or tough to find—include own narratives, sermons, letters, protest pamphlets, early denominational histories, journalistic money owed, and theological statements. during this quantity Olaudah Equiano describes Ibo faith. Lemuel Haynes offers a black Puritan’s farewell. Nat Turner confesses. Jarena Lee turns into a feminine preacher one of the African Methodists. Frederick Douglass discusses Christianity and slavery. Isaac Lane preaches one of the freedmen. Nannie Helen Burroughs experiences at the paintings of Baptist ladies. African Methodist bishops planned at the nice Migration. Bishop C. H. Mason tells of the Pentecostal event. Mahalia Jackson recollects the glory of making a song on the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes from the Birmingham jail.
initially released in 1985, this multiplied moment variation comprises new resources on ladies, African missions, and the nice Migration. Milton C. Sernett presents a normal advent in addition to ancient context and remark for every document.

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Cou'd, but our houses are so scatter'd and remote, that it is not without great difficulties that we meet so many as we do: I am sensible that for this present, it were not convenient to require more; let me begg of You that I may not be Ordered to urge it till we are a little better settled; I must say the like as to the Associating our Selves for a Reformation of Manners; such a thing wou'd be of great use in Town, but I apprehend it shall -27- Francis Le Jau be warmly opposed when it is mention'd, and I cannot foresee any good effect till our Chief Men stand for us; and I don't see any tendency towards it to my great Sorrow.

If this does not do, you must cry to him, who has the hearts of all men in his hands, and turneth them as the rivers of waters are turned. 2nd. The particular I would mention, is honesty and faithfulness. You must suffer me now to deal plainly with you, my dear brethren, for I do not mean to flatter or omit speaking the truth, whether it is for you, or against you. How many of you are there, who allow yourselves in stealing from your masters. It is very wicked for you not to take care of your masters' goods; but how much worse is it to pilfer and steal from them, whenever you think you shall not be found out.

The thing being proved against him he has been put to death for it, two more Slaves have been very severely chastis'd for hearkening to him, but there was not any sufficient proof to take their life and all denied the Crime, the other prisoners have been acquited but what I consider as a singular Providence there has not been so much as one of our Goose Creek Negroes accused of having knowledge of the Plot, far from having consented to so great a Crime. The most sensible of our Slaves whom I have admitted to the holy Sacrament have solemnly protested to me that if ever they hear of any III design of the Slaves I shall know it from them that it may be prevented, and I can't but depend upon the truth of their words, knowing them to be Exemplarily Pious and Honest.

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