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The Social Gospel in Black and White: American Racial Reform, 1885-1912 (Studies in Religion) Paperback – March 2, 1998

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"Massive, thoroughly documented, clearly written, [and] judicious.

"Church History""

"[T]his is the most thorough study yet done of religion and racial reform in the Social Gospel era.

David W. Wills, Amherst College"

[Luker] has given the proper prescription to cure the astigmatism of the historians looking at the social gospel.

"Christian Century"

[M]akes a good case for broadening the definition of the Social Gospel to include the white and African-American reformers.

"American Historical Review"

"He presents the social gospel spokesmen in all their diversity, black and white, conservative and liberal, enthusiastic and agonizing.

Louis R. Harlan, University of Maryland at College Park"

Massive, thoroughly documented, clearly written, Ýand¨ judicious.

"Church History"

ÝT¨his is the most thorough study yet done of religion and racial reform in the Social Gospel era.

David W. Wills, Amherst College

ÝLuker¨ has given the proper prescription to cure the astigmatism of the historians looking at the social gospel.

"Christian Century"

ÝM¨akes a good case for broadening the definition of the Social Gospel to include the white and African-American reformers.

"American Historical Review"

He presents the social gospel spokesmen in all their diversity, black and white, conservative and liberal, enthusiastic and agonizing.

Louis R. Harlan, University of Maryland at College Park

Massive, thoroughly documented, clearly written, [and] judicious.

"Church History"

[T]his is the most thorough study yet done of religion and racial reform in the Social Gospel era.

David W. Wills, Amherst College

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[Luker] has given the proper prescription to cure the astigmatism of the historians looking at the social gospel and racial reform, and provided a gold mine of references for more extensive digging.--Christian Century



Luker makes a good case for broadening the definition of the Social Gospel to include the white and African-American reformers who struggled for solutions to racial strife and injustice. . . . Superb.--American Historical Review



Historians of American racial reform in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have treated this movement largely in secular terms. Through prodigious research in manuscripts and dusty tracts, Ralph Luker has enriched and corrected that literature by a detailed account of the role of social gospel leaders and footsoldiers in the work of black social amelioration, education, and social protest. He presents the social gospel spokesmen in all their diversity, black and white, conservative and liberal, enthusiastic and agonizing. After Luker's work, the black-white struggle over social justice will never be the same, particularly in its intellectual and attitudinal dimensions.--Louis R. Harlan, University of Maryland at College Park



Broadly conceived and meticulously researched, this is the most thorough study yet done of religion and racial reform in the Social Gospel era. Luker has made a major contribution to a reinterpretation of American religious history that makes race continuously (and not just intermittently) a central theme in the story.--David W. Wills, Amherst College



Massive, thoroughly documented, clearly written, [and] judicious.--Church History

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Religion
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1st New edition edition (March 2, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807847208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807847206
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,021,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderful history of the social gospel movement and how it dealt with the issue of race. Most noteworthy, in my opinion, is its wonderful bibliography - combined with the citations, this totals over 100 pages, providing great references for anyone who wishes to research the topic (as I recently did for a class).
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