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The End of Days: African American Religion and Politics in the Age of Emancipation

Matthew Harper


For 4 million slaves, emancipation was a liberation and resurrection story of biblical proportion, both the clearest example of God’s intervention in human history and a sign of the end of days. This book demonstrates how black southerners’ theology, in particular their understanding of the end times, influenced nearly every major economic and political decision they made in the aftermath of emancipation. From considering what demands to make in early Reconstruction to deciding whether or not to migrate west, African American Protestants consistently inserted themselves into biblical narrative ... More

Keywords: African American religion, Black theology, Reconstruction, Emancipation, Eschatology, Millennialism, Jim Crow, North Carolina

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469629360
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629360.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Harper, author
Mercer University