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The Bible CauseA History of the American Bible Society$
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John Fea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190253066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253066.001.0001

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African Americans in the Wake of Reconstruction

African Americans in the Wake of Reconstruction

(p.143) 13 African Americans in the Wake of Reconstruction
The Bible Cause

John Fea

Oxford University Press

With the end of slavery and the failed attempt to integrate freedmen into southern white society, the American Bible Society (ABS) worked within the Jim Crow South through the establishment of the Agency Among the Colored People of the South or simply “The Colored Agency.” This chapter grounds the formation of the Colored Agency in the ABS move away from auxiliaries and toward a system of “agencies.” The Colored Agency was the first such agency to exist. The rest of the chapter chronicles the role of the Colored Agency in distributing Bibles to African American in the South and eventually the entire United States in the years between Reconstruction and World War II.

Keywords:   Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Southern history, race, African American history, Bible in America, John Percy Wragg

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