Issue 62 Bound for Canaan

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Black Christianity Before the Civil War: Did You Know?

Spiritual memories of slaves—in their own words.

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From the Editor — The Trojan Horse Gospel

There is an undissolvable link between spiritual and other freedoms.

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Defeating the Conspiracy

Ignorance, prejudice, and even Bible Christianity joined forces to sabotage the faith of African-American slaves.

Mark Galli

He Still Wid Us — Jesus

The musical theology of spirituals.

Yolanda Y. Smith

By Any Means Necessary

Black abolitionsts were tired of waiting for a gradual peaceful end to slavery.

Ted Olsen

From the Archives: Slavery Under Ideal Conditions

At its best, slavery was a cruel system.

Henry Bibb

Black Moses

The mystical faith and no-nonsense tactics of the Underground Railroad’s most famous leader.

Matt Donnelly

Black Christianity Before the Civil War: Christian History Timeline

Chronology of events related to African-American slavery.

A. G. Miller

God’s Avenging Scourge

Nat Turner’s rebellion, the bloodiest in slave history, was driven by his prophetic visions.

Vincent Hardin

The Expatriate Option

Some blacks, like George Liele, had to emigrate to live and minister freely.

Milton C. Sernett

You Must Not Kneel Here

One April Sunday, Richard and fellow black Methodists decided they wouldn’t stand for prejudice anymore.

Will Gravely

Baptist Power

How the largest African-American denomination in the world got its start.

Carolyn McCulley

Black Christianity Before the Civil War: A Gallery — The Fruit of Freedom

When given even a limited opportunity to grow, these African-American Christians blossomed.

Mark Sidwell

Absalom-Jones

A slave who thought for himself.

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Shaking in the Multitude

A condensed excerpt from The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee.

Jarena Lee

The Dignity of Faith

What does the experience of black Christians before the Civil War have to say to American Christians (both black and white) today?

Albert Raboteau

Faith and Justice

What does the experience of black Christians before the Civil War have to say to American Christians (both black and white) today?

Cheryl Sanders

Need for Community

What does the experience of black Christians before the Civil War have to say to American Christians (both black and white) today?

Robert L. Stevenson Jr.

Black Christianity Before the Civil War: Recommended Resources

Resources for further study of African American religion before the Civil War.

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