Enslaved Women and the Art of Resistance in Antebellum America (Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice) (Hardcover)

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Enslaved Women and the Art of Resistance in Antebellum America (Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice) (Hardcover)

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Draws on mid-seventeenth to nineteenth-century slave narratives to describe oppression in the lives of enslaved African women. Investigates pre-colonial West and West Central African women's lives prior to European arrival to recover the cultural traditions and religious practices that helped enslaved women combat violence and oppression.
Renee K. Harrison is Assistant Professor of African American and U.S. Religious History at Howard University School of Divinity, USA.
Product Details ISBN: 9780230618466
ISBN-10: 0230618464
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: November 18th, 2009
Pages: 282
Language: English
Series: Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice

“An excellent and refreshing contribution to studies about the cultural and social sources of violence. This comprehensive book should be read by everyone concerned about the prevalence of violence and the need for healing in our world today.”--Delores S. Williams, Author of Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk

"An ambitious historical excavation of the violence and religion of U.S. slavery! With unflinching honesty Harrison presents a wide range of stories about the brutality black women slaves experienced and creatively organizes those stories within unique, womanist frameworks."--Traci C. West, Author of Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women's Lives Matter

“Harrison ‘done gone and started something now!’ With this searing, soaring, and majestic work she has created an intellectual and spiritual clearing and invited our ancestral forebears to speak…This book deeply reaches and teaches us in places beyond words. The heretofore unsung witness of our ancestors, our mothers, bids us enter into healthy and life-affirming streams in our own day and time. Ashé!”--Alton B. Pollard, Dean and Professor of Religion and Culture, Howard University School of Divinity

“This book is timely for a public hungry for fresh perspectives on race, violence, and healing…Crafted in poetic prose, the book offers full-bodied scholarship, original interpretations of violence and resistance, and daring proposals for action. It deserves to be widely read.”--Mary Elizabeth Moore, Dean and Professor of Theology and Education, Boston University School of Theology

“Scholarly, Harrison captures the rhythmic moral, beauty, and power of black women’s protest tradition of the slave era. She does this without romanticizing the aesthetic and moral flaws of either black victims or white victimizers.”--Riggins R. Earl, Jr., Professor of Social Ethics, Interdenominational Theological Center