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Plantation Church: How African American Religion Was Born in Caribbean Slavery

Noel Leo Erskine


This book argues that the new reality confronting enslaved Africans in the Americas was the plantation. It was religion, carried by enslaved persons from their homes in Africa, that engendered survival in their new environment—plantations in the Americas. Africans “stolen from the home land” and brought across the Atlantic to plantations in the Americas carried their religion with them as the basis of their resistance and hope. The plantation church was at first an African church guided by an African priest/herbalist who was guided and supported by the world of spirits, good and evil. The book ... More

Keywords: Africa, Jesus, Plantation church, nation-state, gender, race, class

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780195369144
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369144.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noel Leo Erskine, author
Emory University