The Rise to Respectability Paperback

Race, Religion, and the Church of God in Christ

by Calvin White;

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The Rise to Respectability

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"The Rise to Respectability" documents the history of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and examines its cultural and religious impact on African Americans and on the history of the South. It explores the ways in which Charles Harrison Mason, the son of slaves and founder of COGIC, embraced a Pentecostal faith that celebrated the charismatic forms of religious expression that many blacks had come to view as outdated, unsophisticated, and embarrassing. While examining the intersection of race, religion, and class, The Rise to Respectability details how the denomination dealt with the stringent standard of bourgeois behavior imposed on churchgoers as they moved from southern rural areas into the urban centers in both the South and North. Rooted in the hardships of slavery and coming of age during Jim Crow, COGIC s story is more than a religious debate. Rather, this book sees the history of the church as interwoven with the Great Migration, class tension, racial animosity, and the struggle for modernity all representative parts of the African American experience. "

The Rise to Respectability by Calvin White was published by University of Arkansas Press in October 2015. The ISBN for The Rise to Respectability is 9781557286840.

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Details for The Rise to Respectability

Page last updated 26th April 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherUniversity of Arkansas Press (October 2015)
Number of Pages190
Thickness15 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4352389
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