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The History of Black Catholics in the United States
This book makes an extremely valuable contribution to our understanding of African-American religious life by presenting the first full-length treatment of the Black Catholic experience. It should be read by all interested in the history and culture of Black Americans.
Paperback, 366 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by The Crossroad Publishing Company
(first published December 1990)
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Certainly a book worth reading. It seems well researched with ample documentation. I wanted to read it because i was very interested in learning about how the Catholic Church dealt with slavery in the ante-bellum and Civil War Period. Fr. Davis provides excellent insights on a variety of themes. The history of Black Catholics truly was a zig zag affair and the US Catholic Church's ministry to African Americans was likewiose and is shown to be far too dependent on the culture of the day rahter ...more
Not only are there wonderful facts, dates, and ancedotes, there's some wonderful inclusion of dynamics between gender, class, education, and activism. Anyone interested in the full spectrum of Black experiences should give this book a try. Largely academic, of course, yet easily understood. It isn't a definitive work, of course, but that's part of the point in terms of academic scholarship, regardless of its topic and areas of emphasis---add in something to the conversation. Moreover, the fact ...more