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This Worldwide Struggle: Religion and the International Roots of the Civil Rights Movement

Sarah Azaransky


This book examines a group of black Christian intellectuals and activists who looked abroad, even in other religious traditions, for ideas and practices that could transform American democracy. From the 1930s to the 1950s, this network of intellectuals and activists drew lessons from independence movements around the world for an American campaign that would be part of a global network of resistance to colonialism and white supremacy. This book argues that their religious perspectives and methods of moral reasoning developed theological blueprints for the later civil rights movement. The book ... More

Keywords: civil rights movement, black internationalism, Christian ethics, black religion, anticolonialism, intellectual history, comparative theology, Quaker, freedom movement, nonviolence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190262204
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190262204.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Azaransky, author
Assistant Professor, Union Theological Seminary