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Congregations and the Color Line (1600–1940)

Curtiss Paul DeYoung

in United by Faith

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780195152159
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152159.003.0004
Congregations and the Color Line (1600–1940)

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North America first experienced a great human tragedy when people of African descent were dragged away from their homes and forced in large numbers on to ships to become slaves. Although several people died during this time, others endured excruciating pain and deprivation and survived on their religious faith, and it was possible for these victims to practice Christianity and to experience European missionary. The first interracial worship services among the whites and the Africans could have taken place without either of them being aware. This chapter examines how those who held slaves were members of the Christian church, and how, from this situation, the history of intteracial worship and multiracial congregations have developed.

Keywords: North America; African descent; Christianity; slaves; interracial worship; multiracial congregations

Chapter.  7884 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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