Religion and the Rise of Jim Crow in New Orleans

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April 2005



"Bennett offers a complex picture of racial separatism and integration within the religious life of the post-Reconstruction South. He challenges many common assumptions and helps us to see how complicated life was for freed slaves, and how much their struggle cost them personally. A superior contribution."--Albert Raboteau, author of "Canaan Land: A Religious History of African Americans""James Bennett's superbly researched book tackles the still timely problem of racial prejudice in American religion. Bennett's heart-rending account of the Jim Crow era in New Orleans describes the African-American insistence on open and mixed congregations amidst the failure of many white Protestant and Catholic leaders to resist bigotry. With stunning probity, it sheds new light on some of the most difficult events in America's religious and social development."--Jon Butler, Yale University"A significant, innovative contribution to our understanding of segregation, religion and the South. Bennett's scholarship is impressive and he has produced a fine, well-written book."--Donald G. Mathews, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


List of Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xi Introduction 1 CHAPTER 1. Interracial Methodism in New Orleans 12 CHAPTER 2. Instituting Interracial Methodism 42 CHAPTER 3. The Decline of Interracial Methodism 71 CHAPTER 4. Renegotiating Black Methodist Identity 101 CHAPTER 5. Interracial Catholicism in New Orleans 136 CHAPTER 6. The Decline of Interracial Catholicism 162 CHAPTER 7. Renegotiating Black Catholic Identity 193 EPILOGUE. Religion and Baseball in New Orleans 229 Abbreviations 237 Notes 239 Index 299


James B. Bennett is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University.


"James Bennett has written a superb study of the tensions between religion and race among black Methodists and Catholics in New Orleans between 1880 and 1920... [He] provides important comparisons of Methodist and Roman Catholic leaders and church members who either resisted or supported racial separatism and the effects of this growing separatism on their identity."--Choice "Religion and the Rise of Jim Crow in New Orleans is a remarkable analysis of the complex and competing forces that shaped the south at the turn of the century. Bennett is certainly right in asserting that an examination of these moments of possibility, these opportunities for a social world that did not arise, intensify our awareness of the social order that did."--Justin D. Poch?, American Catholic Studies "This is an enormously intelligent book about the confrontations and negotiations within Methodist and Catholic churches over issues of race, focusing on the period between 1877 and 1920... This book sets a high standard for analysis of the nineteenth-century evolution of religion and race, and scholars of American religion and history will find it an indispensable resource."--Stephen W. Angell, Journal of Southern History
EAN: 9780691121482
ISBN: 0691121486
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2005
Seitenanzahl: 320 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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