History, White Religion, and the Civil Rights Movement
This introductory chapter depicts a foreign landscape where its inhabitants understood the Christian faith and its implications quite differently from the meanings given by contemporary believers. It re-creates white Americans' dialogue about the implications of faith for racial justice. Drawing significantly on insights from American religious history, the book takes the experiences of religious individuals, leaders, congregations, and faith communities as the basis of the narrative. In addition, various misconceptions about the civil rights struggle result from framing it primarily as a story about progressive egalitarians versus unenlightened racists. More effectively than individuals with an inexplicable hatred of black folks, whites cooperated together to create obstacles to black advancement. The book aims to pinpoint the moral dimensions of this story where they properly belong.
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