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Jesus, Jobs, and Justice: African American Women and Religion Hardcover – Deckle Edge, February 2, 2010

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The most extensive and best-known histories of African-American religion in America give short shrift to the role of African-American women in religion. In her exhaustive and monumental study, Collier-Thomas (Daughters of Thunder) allows the strong voices of women as diverse as Ida B. Wells Barnett, Sarah Jane Woodson Early (the first black woman to serve on a faculty of an American university), and Mary McLeod Bethune to articulate the causes of liberation and justice in a culture where their race and sex continually called into question their self-understanding. Collier-Thomas demonstrates the ways black women have woven their faith into their daily experience and played central roles in developing African-American religion, politics, and public culture. By examining the histories of various organizations such as the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church's Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society, she shows how black women of faith created a network indispensable to the fight against racism, sexism, and poverty. Although her turgid and wooden prose and academic tone detract from the power of the book, Collier-Thomas's study nevertheless offers a magisterial survey of a too-long neglected topic. (Feb.)
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Collier-Thomas views the long struggle by black women for racial and gender equality through the lens of their strong religious faith and spirituality. She covers two centuries of black women’s history, recalling clubs and organizations including Church Women United and the National Council of Negro Women. Black women’s church clubs headed grassroots social, political, and educational reform movements, speaking out on issues from lynching to woman suffrage. They challenged the racism of white-led groups, from the Young Women’s Christian Association to the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and worked alongside national black organizations such as the NAACP for civil rights. Collier-Thomas highlights the famous—Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, and Mary McLeod Bethune—and the less well known, including Nannie Helen Burroughs, a leader in the National Baptist Convention Woman’s Convention, and Julia Foote, a preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. She also explores issues within the church, including rampant sexism and black women’s struggles with black theology and feminism. Photographs add to the value of this well-researched book. --Vanessa Bush

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400044200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400044207
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nancy A. Hardesty on May 11, 2010
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Jesus, Jobs, and Justice contains a great deal of helpful information about the work of religious black women in churches and other organizations. Collier-Thomas has clearly done a great deal of research. However, with judicious editing, this 695-page book could have been cut in half. The writing is redundant and poorly organized. And at times there are egregious inaccuracies. To cite just three examples: (1) A referencee to the Adam and Eve story carries a citation of Genesis 1:27-31 when it is found at Genesis 2:4-3:24. (2) A reference to the story of Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi is cited as found in Luke 3 rather than the book of Ruth. (3) Rev. Hutchens C. Bishop is said to have been the "rector" of "St. Phillips Presbyterian Church" when he was rector of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, one of the oldest black churches in New York city. And I am only into the second chapter! Such errors are alarming and make the reader cautious about relying on other information in the book.
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This was a wonderful book. It starts with explaining the role of women and religion in times of slavery, and ends up with feminism and social justice movements in the 1960s and 1970s, explaining the role of African American church women in all of this and what happened in between. I learned a ton and it was so well written that it was easy to keep going even though it is a pretty hefty tome. A coda talks about some of the more difficult issues regarding all churches such as male abuse of power, etc.; I was glad this was pulled out for the end, but in the book. In short, I was thrilled with this book and would recomend it to anyone interested in the several subjects it intersects, church history, civil rights, African American studies, feminism, feminist theology, and social justice movements generally.
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By revhj on January 16, 2015
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