Black Women's Christian Activism: Seeking Social Justice in a Northern Suburb Hardback

Seeking Social Justice in a Northern Suburb

by Betty Livingston Adams;


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Black Women's Christian Activism: Seeking Social Justice in a Northern Suburb

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When a domestic servant named Violet Johnson moved to the affluent white suburb of Summit, New Jersey in 1897, she became one of just barely a hundred black residents in the town of six thousand. In this avowedly liberal Protestant community, the very definition of the suburbs depended on observance of unmarked and fluctuating race and class barriers. But Johnson did not intend to accept the status quo. Establishing a Baptist church a year later, a seemingly moderate act that would have implications far beyond weekly worship, Johnson challenged assumptions of gender and race, advocating for a politics of civic righteousness that would grant African Americans an equal place in a Christian nation. Johnson s story is powerful, but she was just one among the many working-class activists integral to the budding days of the civil rights movement.InBlack Women s Christian Activism, Betty Livingston Adams examines the oft overlooked role of non-elite black women in the growth of northern suburbs and American Protestantism in the first half of the twentieth century. Focusing on the strategies and organizational models church women employed in the fight for social justice, Adams tracks the intersections of politics and religion, race and gender, and place and space in a New York City suburb, a local example that offers new insights on northern racial oppression and civil rights protest. As this book makes clear, religion made a key difference in the lives and activism of ordinary black women who lived, worked, and worshiped on the margin during this tumultuous time. "

Black Women's Christian Activism: Seeking Social Justice in a Northern Suburb by Betty Livingston Adams was published by NYU Press in February 2016. The ISBN for Black Women's Christian Activism: Seeking Social Justice in a Northern Suburb is 9780814745465.

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Page last updated 27th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherNYU Press (February 2016)
Weight520g
Number of Pages240
Thickness19 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780814745465
ISBN-100814745466
Product Code4379753
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