By Milton C. Sernett
Drawing on a number sources—interviews, executive records, church periodicals, books, pamphlets, and articles—Sernett indicates how the mass migration created an institutional predicament for black non secular leaders. He describes the artistic tensions that resulted while the southern migrants who observed their exodus because the moment Emancipation introduced their non secular ideals and practices into northern towns reminiscent of Chicago, and strains the ensuing emergence of the assumption that black church buildings must be greater than areas for "praying and preaching." Explaining how this social gospel viewpoint got here to dominate a number of the vintage stories of African American faith, Bound for the Promised Land sheds new mild on a variety of elements of the improvement of black faith, together with philanthropic endeavors to "modernize" the southern black rural church. In delivering a balanced and holistic figuring out of black faith in post–World struggle I the USA, Bound for the Promised Land serves to bare the demanding situations almost immediately confronting this important part of America’s spiritual mosaic.
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