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Black Studies


Divining America:  Religion in American History  

Sponsored by the National Humanities Center, the Divining America website includes subsidiary pages on several topics in African-American religious history:  African-American Christianity, Part I:  To the Civil War, African American Christianity, Part II: From the Civil War to the Great Migration, 1865-1920, Islam in America:  From African Slaves to Malcolm X, and Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association.    Each page includes an introductory essay and links to online resources, comprising many primary sources. 

The Church in the Southern Black Community

This website, a subsidiary collection of Documenting the American South, collects primary sources such as sermons, histories, autobiographies, photographs, and other materials to trace “the way Southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity into the central institution of community life…[and] adapted evangelical Christianity, making it a metaphor for freedom, community, and personal survival.”  An introductory essay by professor Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp of UNC-Chapel Hill presents a short history of the church in the southern Black community.  The collection may be browsed alphabetically by author/organization, and images may be browsed by subject.  There is also a guide to religious content in slave narratives.  The main Documenting the American South website, with tabs at the top of the page, includes alphabetical indexes for all the site’s collections by author, title, Library of Congress subject heading, and geographic area (state and North Carolina county).  Documents such as oral histories include text and streaming audio.

Wabash Center Internet Guide to Religion – African-Americans --- Religion

The African-American Religion page at the Wabash Center Internet Guide to Religion lists a number of useful links.  Many of them are to courses in black religion, which are not directly useful for research but may lead to other resources.  There are also a number of denominational websites, bibliographies, online references, essays, and other sources that may be useful for research.  As of this writing, there is no particular organization to this list of sources, so it requires some skimming.

Society for the Study of Black Religion

The website for the scholarly study of African American religion includes information on the society’s annual conference, a list of resources for research (slightly disorganized, and links open up into Word documents for some reason), and the society’s newsletters, some with featured essays from the annual conference.