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From Jeremiad to Jihad"Religion, Violence, and America"$
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John D. Carlson and Jonathan H. Ebel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520271654

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520271654.001.0001

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Religion and Violence in Black and White

Religion and Violence in Black and White

(p.128) 7 Religion and Violence in Black and White
From Jeremiad to Jihad

Eddie S. Glaude

University of California Press

This chapter considers how the centrality of religion and violence play a significant role in the struggles of the African Americans for liberty and equality. The two provide a revealing lens for the interpretation of racial injustice in America, as well as the efforts to correct it. In particular, the accounts of David Walker and Henry Highland Garnet, two African American leaders who called for armed slave revolt, demonstrate the importance of biblical stories and prophetic rhetoric to mobilize a subjugated people. Both figures appealed to racial solidarity grounded in concerted efforts to achieve freedom. Their rhetorics have offered divergent understandings of the relationship between black slaves and white citizens.

Keywords:   religion, violence, David Walker, Henry Highland Garnet, African American leaders, black slaves, white citizens

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