African American Religions, 1500–2000: Colonialism, by Sylvester A. Johnson

By Sylvester A. Johnson

This publication offers a story historic, postcolonial account of African American religions. It examines the intersection of Black faith and colonialism over a number of centuries to provide an explanation for the connection among empire and democratic freedom. instead of treating freedom and its others (colonialism, slavery and racism) as opposites, Sylvester A. Johnson translates a number of sessions of Black spiritual background to figure how Atlantic empires (particularly that of the us) at the same time enabled the emergence of specific types of non secular adventure and freedom routine in addition to irritating styles of violent domination. Johnson explains theories of topic and spirit that formed early indigenous spiritual hobbies in Africa, Black political faith responding to the yank racial country, the construction of Liberia, and FBI repression of Black non secular hobbies within the 20th century. via combining historic equipment with theoretical research, Johnson explains the seeming contradictions that experience formed Black religions within the glossy era.

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