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Researching African American Religious History
Researching African American Religious History
New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity During the Great Migration (2016) uncovers the way different Black populations came to encounter each other during the early twentieth-century and spurred the creation of religious movements and congregations like the Moorish Science Temple, Father Divine’s Peace Mission Movement, the Nation of Islam, and Ethiopian Hebrew congregations. Image courtesy of New York University Press.

NEH funding has helped Judith Weisenfeld research African American religious history, uncovering new perspectives on American religious life in the nineteenth- and twentieth- centuries. Over the course of more than twenty years, this research has broadened Americans’ understanding of African American religious communities and the roles of ordinary people in shaping them.

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