By James T. Campbell
Based via unfastened humans of colour in Philadelphia within the aftermath of the yankee Revolution, the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church emerged within the 19th century because the preeminent black establishment within the usa. In 1896, the church opened undertaking paintings in South Africa, soaking up an self sufficient "Ethiopian" church based by way of dissident African Christians many years past. within the procedure, the church helped ignite probably the most influential renowned activities in South African heritage.
Songs of Zion examines this striking historic convergence from each side of the Atlantic. James Campbell charts the origins and evolution of black American self reliant church buildings, arguing that the very act of changing into Christian compelled African american citizens to mirror on their courting to their ancestral continent. He then turns to South Africa, exploring the AME Church's front and evolution in a sequence of particular South African contexts. through the ebook, Campbell makes a speciality of the comparisons that Africans and African american citizens themselves drew among their events. Their transatlantic stumble upon, he argues, enabled either teams to appreciate and act upon their worlds in new ways.
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