From Library Journal
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
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“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