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Christianity and Race in the American South: A History (Chicago History of American Religion) Hardcover – November 21, 2016
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The story of race and Southern Christianity is, as of now, not a hopeful one. Howard Thurman is supposed to have said that African Americans redeemed a religion that was defiled in their midst. Professor Harvey cites one observer of what Christianity had become in the 1930s among white Southerners who said "they have made a religion of being white."
Still, there is a lovely understanding of everyday worship black and white in the book. Professor Harvey does document brief moments when there was "no race" in Christianity - when George Whitfield invited everyone slave and free to his revivals during the Great Awakening and during the birth of Pentecostalism in Los Angeles at the beginning of the 20th Century.
The story of Race and Christianity in the South is well told by Professor Harvey. It is just not a happy one.