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Black Itinerants of the Gospel: The Narratives of John Jea and George White Paperback – January 5, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0312294458 ISBN-10: 031229445X Edition: 1st Palgrave ed

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st Palgrave ed edition (January 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031229445X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312294458
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,539,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These autobiographical narratives of two free African Americans--itinerant preachers in the post-Revolutionary era--offer the reader a rare glimpse into the liberating theology of freed Northern slaves as they sought to understand their new position in Northern society and in Methodist Christianity. In his introduction, Hodges (Colgate Univ.) breathes life into the narratives by placing them in the tumultuous context of their times and illuminating their importance in the tradition of African American autobiography. While remaining true to the format of the original printings, Hodges offers both the scholar and the interested reader a well-documented work, providing a wealth of bibliographical citations. This volume is invaluable in exposing the lives of relatively obscure itinerant preachers in contrast to the highly visible ministers like Richard Allen. Essential for all collections.
- John B. Wright, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, Utah
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“In this marvelous work of recovery and restoration, Graham Russell Hodges introduces readers to two ‘African preachers’ whose autobiographies shed light upon the fascinating period in post-Revolutionary America when African American culture congealed in the fires of religious enthusiasm and political radicalism.” —Professor Milton C. Sernett, Syracuse University

“In Black Itinerants of the Gospel, Graham Russell Hodges has made available the long-out-of-print personal histories, theological arguments and writings, and even many of the favorite hymns of George White and John Jea, extraordinary nineteenth-century black preachers. Their lives provide a window on race, religion, and politics of their time in America and abroad. This is a rare and important tool for both the professional historian and the historically curious.” —James Oliver Horton, co-author of In Hope of Liberty and Hard Road to Freedom

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JC Davenport on April 14, 2012
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This is more like 3 different books in one . . . with hymns thrown in in the end for good measure. Graham Russell Hodges gives an awesome (40 page) "introduction" . . . which got me thinking "this book is a breeze!" Why did I think that!? Didn't I realize I would be switching gears and reading 200 year old narratives of ex slaves turned born again Christians speaking in run on sentences in Revolutionary times language quoting King James scripture? Aha! Two can play the run on sentence game!!

Well seriously, I wanted some inspiration after reading my last book, Cotton and Race in the Making of America - and this book has inspiration to spare. Both George White and John Jea preached with a sense of urgency, dramatic flair and . . . let's face it . . . Soul - with all the heaven and hell fire and brimstone and redemption and love one can emotionally and spiritually handle. But I could see just buying this book for the "intro" as White's and Jea's lives were pretty darn exciting and dramatic.

The book deserves more attention . . . especially if . . . say . . . a new edition came out with a less scary dude on the cover . . .
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