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By James T. Campbell

Based by means of 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 sustaining "Ethiopian" church based via dissident African Christians many years past. within the approach, the church helped ignite some of the most influential well known activities in South African background.
Songs of Zion examines this outstanding old convergence from each side of the Atlantic. James Campbell charts the origins and evolution of black American autonomous church buildings, arguing that the very act of changing into Christian pressured African american citizens to mirror on their dating 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 booklet, Campbell makes a speciality of the comparisons that Africans and African americans themselves drew among their occasions. Their transatlantic come across, he argues, enabled either teams to appreciate and act upon their worlds in new ways.

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