Chapter

What Can He Do?

Angela Hornsby-Gutting

in Black Manhood and Community Building in North Carolina, 1900–1930

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780813032931
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039404 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032931.003.0001
What Can He Do?

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This chapter examines North Carolina Baptist Convention leaders' efforts to make their churches and themselves more manly. Fearing that their churches were becoming feminized, they sought to weaken black church women's home missionary work. At the same time, black men campaigned to assume more of “women's work” by engaging in social service activity. The rhetoric of masculinization within the church influenced the dialogue and activity of North Carolina's black men and women as they fought to assert and redefine the influence of their respective genders within their churches.

Keywords: black men; black women; gender identity; North Carolina Baptist Convention; masculinization; missionary work

Chapter.  13764 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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