Title from project home page (viewed Sept. 4, 2001).
Part of the UNC-CH digitization project's database, Documenting the American South. A sidebar provides access to the manin collections access page, about the collections, searching, subject, author and title indexes.
Full texts in both HTML and SGML/TEI (Text Encloding Initiative) formats
Funding from the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition supported the electronic publication of this project.
Mode of access: Internet World Wide Web.
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Collection of electronic texts -- An introduction to the Church in the Southern Black community -- About the project
Traces how Southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity into the central institution of community life, beginning with white churches' conversion efforts, especially in the post-Revolutionary period, and depicts the tensions and contraditions between the egalitarian potential of evangelical Christiantiy and the realities of slavery. It focuses, through slave narratives and observations by other African American authors, on how the black community adapted evangelical Christianity, making it a metaphor for freedom, community, and personal survival.