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Black gods of the metropolis; Negro religious cults of the urban North /
[with a new introd. by John Szwed.]
imprint
[Philadelphia] : University of Pennsylvania Press [1971]
description
128p.
ISBN
0812210018
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series title
imprint
[Philadelphia] : University of Pennsylvania Press [1971]
isbn
0812210018
general note
Black studies.
Issued also as the author's thesis, University of Pennsylvania.
Originally published in 1944 as v. 3 of the Brinton Memorial series, Publications of the Philadelphia Anthroplogical Society.
catalogue key
2268433
 
Bibliography: p. 123-126.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Arthur Huff Fauset (1899-1983) was a civil rights activist, educator, folklorist, and author of several works, including Sojourner Truth, a biography. Barbara Dianne Savage is Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A foundational text in fields as diverse as religion and urban studies, Black studies and anthropology--a must read!"--Lee D. Baker, author ofFrom Savage to Negro
"A foundational text in fields as diverse as religion and urban studies, Black studies and anthropology-a must read!"-Lee D. Baker, author of From Savage to Negro
"A pioneering work in the sociology of African-American religion."--Utopian Studies
"A pioneering work in the sociology of African-American religion."- Utopian Studies
"Fauset's falls into the select group that includes works of Ralph Ellison, LeRoi Jones, and Albert Murray, that is, the writings of those who have best recognized the distinctiveness and power of Afro-American culture, and given it its proper place in the world."--John F. Szwed, Yale University
"Fauset's falls into the select group that includes works of Ralph Ellison, LeRoi Jones, and Albert Murray, that is, the writings of those who have best recognized the distinctiveness and power of Afro-American culture, and given it its proper place in the world."-John F. Szwed, Yale University
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Summaries
Main Description
Stemming from his anthropological field work among black religious groups in Philadelphia in the early 1940s, Arthur Huff Fauset believed it was possible to determine the likely direction that mainstream black religious leadership would take in the future, a direction that later indeed manifested itself in the civil rights movement. The American black church, according to Fauset and other contemporary researchers, provided the one place where blacks could experiment without hindrance in activities such as business, politics, social reform, and social expression. With detailed primary accounts of these early spiritual movements and their beliefs and practices,Black Gods of the Metropolisreveals the fascinating origins of such significant modern African American religious groups as the Nation of Islam as well as the role of lesser known and even forgotten churches in the history of the black community. In her new foreword, historian Barbara Dianne Savage discusses the relationship between black intellectuals and black religion, in particular the relationship between black social scientists and black religious practices during Fauset's time. She then explores the complexities of that relationship and its impact on the intellectual and political history of African American religion in general.
Bowker Data Service Summary
In her new foreword, Savage discusses the relationship between black intellectuals and black religion, in particular the relationship between black social scientists and black religious practices during Fauset's time.
Main Description
Stemming from his anthropological field work among black religious groups in Philadelphia in the early 1940s, Arthur Huff Fauset believed it was possible to determine the likely direction that mainstream black religious leadership would take in the future, a direction that later indeed manifested itself in the civil rights movement. The American black church, according to Fauset and other contemporary researchers, provided the one place where blacks could experiment without hindrance in activities such as business, politics, social reform, and social expression. With detailed primary accounts of these early spiritual movements and their beliefs and practices, Black Gods of the Metropolis reveals the fascinating origins of such significant modern African American religious groups as the Nation of Islam as well as the role of lesser known and even forgotten churches in the history of the black community. In her new foreword, historian Barbara Dianne Savage discusses the relationship between black intellectuals and black religion, in particular the relationship between black social scientists and black religious practices during Fauset's time. She then explores the complexities of that relationship and its impact on the intellectual and political history of African American religion in general.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. xvii
Author's Notep. xxiii
Negro Religious Cults in the Urban Northp. 1
Mt. Sinai Holy Church of America, Inc.p. 13
United House of Prayer for All People (Bishop Grace)p. 22
Church of God (Black Jews)p. 31
Moorish Science Temple of Americap. 41
Father Divine Peace Mission Movementp. 52
Comparative Studyp. 68
Why the Cults Attractp. 76
The Cult as a Functional Institutionp. 87
The Negro and His Religionp. 96
Summary of Findingsp. 107
Appendicesp. 111
Bibliographyp. 123
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