Saints Tales

Deidre Helen Crumbley

in Saved and Sanctified

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780813039848
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043791 | DOI:
Saints Tales

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This chapter contains life histories of ten founding church elders, who are currently in their 80s and 90s. All of the narratives begin with a socio-historical snapshot of the elders' hometowns, followed by interviews covering their life experiences in both the North and the South. These experiences include employment patterns and salaries earned; “separate but equal” education during the Plessy v. Ferguson era; White on Black violence, such as false imprisonment and threats of and actual lynching; politics of sex between White men and Black women in the South; enculturation of White children in perpetrating racial violence and of Black children in surviving it; Black adult strategies for negotiating southern White terrorism and for migrating to and adjusting within urban life; economic survival strategies, such as sharecropping in the South and Black women's performing domestic “day labor” in the North; southern religious roots and new urban religious options; and colorism. The chapter concludes by exploring how these narratives inform Great Migration research.

Keywords: White terrorism; Domestic day work; Lynching; White men and Black women; Colorism; Plessy v. Ferguson; Racialized enculturation; White on Black violence

Chapter.  25557 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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