Was Christianity a Means of Deafricanization and Social Control of Slaves?
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Nominated for the Gilder Lehrman Center Frederick Douglas Book Prize
A comparative study on the impact of Christianity on both free and enslaved blacks in Africa and the United States. Adefila, focuses on the efforts of Christian missionaries and slave owners to de-Africanize and control the West African slaves and non-slaves with Christianity. Rather than examining how Africans acculturated or appropriated parts of Christianity, Adefila challenges the ‘closed system thesis,’ which stipulates that slavery was a totalitarian cultural institution and instead emphasizes the Africans’ responses to the use of Christianity as a means of control.
“… a profoundly useful contribution.” – Prof. Rupe Simms North Park University
“… a master job of weaving together historical documents.” – Prof. Charles C. Jackson Augusta State University
Table of Contents
LIST OF TABLES
PREFACE by Rupe Simms
THE WEST AFRICAN BACKGROUND
CHRISTIANITY AND RELIGIOUS ACCULTURATION IN WEST AFRICA
AFRICANISMS IN SLAVE RELIGION: THE ROLE OF THE “CONJURE-MAN”
CHRISTIAN EVANGELIZATION AND THE SLAVES’ RESPONSE
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