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Jesus, jobs, and justice : African American women and religion

Bettye Collier-Thomas (Author)
Historian Bettye Collier-Thomas gives us an account of the religious faith, social and political activism, and extraordinary resilience of black women during the centuries of American growth and change. It shows the beginnings of organized religion in slave communities and how the Bible was a source of inspiration. The author makes clear that while religion has been a guiding force in the lives of most African Americans, for black women it has been essential. As co-creators of churches, women were a central factor in their development. This book explores the ways in which women had to cope with sexism in black churches, as well as racism in mostly white denominations, in their efforts to create missionary societies and form women's conventions. It also reveals the hidden story of how issues of sex and sexuality have sometimes created tension and divisions within institutions.--From publisher description
Print Book, English, 2010
1st edition View all formats and editions
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2010
xxxiv, 695 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
9781400044207, 1400044200
"Soul hunger" : in slavery and freedom
"Taxation without representation" : religious leadership
"A woman's church within the church" : the woman's movement in the church
"The relief corps of heaven" : women and missions
"Righteous guidance" : religion and politics
Across the divide : the interracial and interdenominational movement
"Womanpower" : religion, race, gender : consolidation of a movement
"Jesus, jobs, and justice" : the Black woman's agenda