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Fall 2013-2014
* REL 256 / AAS 256 (HA)   No Audit

African American Religious History

Wallace D. Best

This course will trace the origins and development of African American religion in the United States. It will begin with the important debate about "Africanisms" and an examination of "slave religion" in its various forms. We will also discuss urban religion and the rise of "The Black Gods of the Metropolis". In addition to Christian and quasi-Christian groups, we will also explore the rise of non-Christian groups such as Black Hebrews and the Nation of Islam. The course concludes with an examination of the contested role of black churches during the Civil Rights Movement.

Sample reading list:
Larry G. Murphy, Down By The Riverside
Milton C. Sernett, African American Religious History
W. E. B. Du Bois, The Negro Church
Albert J. Raboteau, Slave Religion
Mechal Sobel, Trabelin' On
Clifton H. Johnson, God Struck Me Dead
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
200 pages of reading per week, weekly response paper (1 pg), mid term exam, final research essay (20 pgs).

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
Enrollment in precepts will be done using SCORE.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23413 L01 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm M W   McCosh Hall   2   Enrolled:17 Limit:25
24565 P01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Jones Hall   113   Enrolled:8 Limit:12
24566 P02 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:7 Limit:12
24624 P03 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M        Enrolled:2 Limit:2 Closed
23414 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled