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African American Religious History by Milton C. Sernett
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Jun 25, 2012

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When it all comes down to it, nothing really beats primary sources. Selection itself is an act of interpretation, of course, and the editors of this volume have attempted to include an array of voices from traditional African religions to Christianity, and peripherally Islam, Judaism, and more recent "cult" groups in the non-pejorative sense of the term. So this volume serves only as a useful introduction to a large collection of primary sources stretching from pre-Revolutionary to post-Civil Rights Era black perspectives. Importantly, its contents are relevant not merely to black religious history, however, but to American religious history in general. Each document usefully includes a short introduction and a list of further recommended reading. Well-edited.

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