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The Resource Black freethinkers : a history of African American secularism, Christopher Cameron

Black freethinkers : a history of African American secularism, Christopher Cameron

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Black freethinkers : a history of African American secularism
Title
Black freethinkers
Title remainder
a history of African American secularism
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Cameron
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Language
eng
Summary
"This book is a political and intellectual history of black freethought during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Beginning its analysis in the era of slavery, "Black Freethinkers" demonstrates an alternative origin to nonbelief and religious skepticism in America, namely the brutality of the institution of slavery. The book then turns to the growth of atheism and agnosticism among African Americans in two major political and intellectual movements of the 1920s: the New Negro Renaissance and the growth of black socialism and communism. A final chapter explores the critical importance of freethought among participants in the Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Key figures in this narrative include well-known people such as Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, and Alice Walker, as well as lesser known thinkers such as Louise Thompson Patterson, Sarah Webster Fabio, and David Cincore. The study employs a diverse array of sources, including slave narratives, travel accounts, novels, poetry, memoirs, newspapers, and archival sources such as church records, sermons, and letters. The central argument of the book is that freethought, which includes atheism, agnosticism, and non-traditional religious orientations such as deism and paganism, has been a central component of black political and intellectual life from the 19th century to the present. Contrary to historical and popular depictions of African Americans as naturally religious, this study demonstrates the great diversity in black religious thought and makes an important contribution to our understanding of black intellectual history"--
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1983-
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Cameron, Christopher
Dewey number
211.408996073
Index
no index present
LC call number
BL2747.5
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Critical insurgencies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Free thought
  • African Americans
  • Secularism
  • Secularism
  • HISTORY
  • African Americans
  • Free thought
  • Secularism
  • United States
Label
Black freethinkers : a history of African American secularism, Christopher Cameron
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Publication
Copyright
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online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Slavery and reconstruction -- The New Negro Renaissance -- Socialism and communism -- Civil rights and Black Power
Control code
1110489837
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 236 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780810140806
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvkz1mwr
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1110489837
Label
Black freethinkers : a history of African American secularism, Christopher Cameron
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Slavery and reconstruction -- The New Negro Renaissance -- Socialism and communism -- Civil rights and Black Power
Control code
1110489837
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 236 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780810140806
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctvkz1mwr
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1110489837

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