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Title: Ecclesiastical politics and the role of women in African-American Christianity, 1860-1900
Author: Scratcherd, George
ISNI:       0000 0004 6496 9777
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis seeks to offer new perspectives on the role of women in African-American Christian denominations in the United States in the period between the Civil War and the turn of the twentieth century. It situates the changes in the roles available to black women in their churches in the context of ecclesiastical politics. By offering explanations of the growth of black denominations in the South after the Civil War and the political alignments in the leadership of the churches, it seeks to offer more powerful explanations of differences in the treatment of women in distict denominations. It explores the distinct worship practices of African-American Christianity and reflects on their relationship to denominational structure and character, and gender issues. Education was central to the participation of women in African-American Christianity in the late nineteenth century, so the thesis discusses the growth of black colleges under the auspices of the black churches. Finally it also explores the complex relationship between domestic ideology, the politics of respectability, and female participation in the black churches.
Supervisor: Carwardine, Richard Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: African American Baptists ; African Methodist Episcopal Church ; African American women--History ; African Americans--Southern States--Religion--History ; African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church ; African American Methodists--History ; African American clergy--History ; African American churches ; African American women clergy ; African American women--Religious life ; United States--Church history ; Colored Methodist Episcopal Church ; Christian Methodist Episcopal Church ; Baptists ; Black--History ; African American women--Religion ; African American Methodists