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This compilation of printed texts from the libraries at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill traces how Southern
African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity
into the central institution of community life.
Coverage begins with white churches' conversion efforts, especially in the
post-Revolutionary period, and depicts the
tensions and contradictions between the egalitarian potential of
evangelical Christianity and the realities of slavery. It focuses,
through slave narratives and observations by other African American
authors, on how the black community adapted
evangelical Christianity, making it a metaphor for freedom, community,
and personal survival. An award from the Library of
Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition supported the
digitization of 100 titles. The University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill supplemented these titles with thirty-five
additional texts illuminating the same theme.
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The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record
of the past. These primary historical documents reflect the attitudes,
perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress and
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill do not endorse the views
expressed in these collections, which may contain materials offensive to
An Introduction to the Church in the Southern Black Community *
Home Page for this Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill *
The digitization and presentation of these materials by the
Academic Affairs Library of the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill*, as
part of the digital library project
Documenting the American South*, was
supported by an award from
the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition.
* are to web
pages mounted at the awardee institution. The digital reproductions of the narratives are also mounted at the awardee institution.
The source materials for this collection are housed in libraries at
the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Please contact the library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with any questions or information about the original materials or requests for reproductions.
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