Following the success of its best-selling predecessors, the Fourth Edition of Harriette Pipes McAdoo's Black Families retains several now classic contributions while including updated versions of earlier chapters and many entirely new chapters. The goal through each revision of this core text has been to compile a book that focuses on positive dimensions of African American families. The book remains the most complete assessment of black families available in both depth and breadth of coverage. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the book boasts contributions from such fields as family studies, anthropology, education, psychology, social work, and public policy.
Chapter 8: Old-Time Religion: Benches Can't Say “Amen”
Old-Time Religion: Benches Can't Say “Amen”
Preaching and churches have traditionally been a mainstay of Black families. Among Blacks in the United States today, old-time preaching (the uneducated Black man's emotional type of preaching that came from slavery) is still a vital element. The fundamental reason why the Black man clings to the old-time religion is that he has been without a means of normal outward expression, due to his domination by powers beyond his control— in Africa, under colonial control; in America before the Civil War, the institution of slavery; in America today (especially in the “Black Belt” and to a lesser degree in other parts of the United States), the plantation system and/or “divine white right.” In ...