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The Burden of Black Religion

Curtis J. Evans


This book is about the crucial role that black religion has played in the United States as an imagined community or a united nation. The book argues that cultural images and interpretations of African American religion placed an enormous burden on black religious capacities as the source for black contributions to American culture until the 1940s. Attention to black religion as the chief bearer of meaning for black life was also a result of longstanding debates about what constituted the “human person” and an implicit assertion of the intellectual inferiority of peoples of African descent. Int ... More

Keywords: black religion, nation, cultural images, African American religion, American history, religion, imagined community, intellectual capacity, religious capacity, ethnic groups

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195328189
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328189.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Curtis J. Evans, author
Florida State University
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