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Author Best, Wallace D. (Wallace Denino)

Title Passionately human, no less divine : religion and culture in Black Chicago, 1915-1952 / Wallace D. Best
Published Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 250 pages) : illustrations
Contents "Mecca of the migrant mob" -- The South in the city. -- Southern migrants and the new sacred order. -- The frenzy, the preacher, and the music. -- The Chicago African Methodist Episcopal Church in crisis. -- A woman's work, an urban world
Summary Passionately human, no less divine analyzes the various ways black southerners transformed African American religion in Chicago during their Great Migration northward. A work of religious, urban, and social history, it is the first book-length analysis of the new religious practices and traditions in Chicago that were stimulated by migration and urbanization. The book illustrates how the migration launched a new sacred order among blacks in the city that reflected aspects of both Southern black religion and modern city life. This new sacred order was also largely female as African American women constituted more than 70 percent of the membership in most black Protestant churches. Ultimately, Wallace Best demonstrates how black southerners imparted a folk religious sensibility to Chicago's black churches. In doing so, they ironically recast conceptions of modern, urban African American religion in terms that signified the rural past. In the same way that working class cultural idioms such as jazz and the blues emerged in the secular arena as a means to represent black modernity, he says, African American religion in Chicago, with its negotiation between the past, the present, rural and urban, revealed African American religion in modern form
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-237) and index
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Subject African Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Religion.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Church history -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Church history.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1400849349 (electronic bk.)
9781400849345 (electronic bk.)