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By Sylvester A. Johnson

This e-book presents a story ancient, postcolonial account of African American religions. It examines the intersection of Black faith and colonialism over a number of centuries to give an explanation for the connection among empire and democratic freedom. instead of treating freedom and its others (colonialism, slavery and racism) as opposites, Sylvester A. Johnson translates a number of classes of Black spiritual heritage to figure how Atlantic empires (particularly that of the us) concurrently enabled the emergence of specific varieties of spiritual event and freedom activities in addition to aggravating styles of violent domination. Johnson explains theories of topic and spirit that formed early indigenous non secular hobbies in Africa, Black political faith responding to the yank racial country, the production of Liberia, and FBI repression of Black non secular activities within the 20th century. via combining ancient tools with theoretical research, Johnson explains the seeming contradictions that experience formed Black religions within the glossy era.

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