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By Milton C. Sernett

Bound for the Promised Land is the 1st broad exam of the effect at the American non secular panorama of the good Migration—the circulation from South to North and from nation to urban via millions of African american citizens following global battle I. In targeting this phenomenon’s spiritual and cultural implications, Milton C. Sernett breaks with conventional styles of historiography that examine the migration when it comes to socioeconomic considerations.
Drawing on quite a number sources—interviews, executive files, church periodicals, books, pamphlets, and articles—Sernett exhibits how the mass migration created an institutional obstacle for black spiritual leaders. He describes the inventive tensions that resulted whilst the southern migrants who observed their exodus because the moment Emancipation introduced their non secular ideals and practices into northern towns equivalent to Chicago, and lines the ensuing emergence of the idea that black church buildings needs to be greater than areas for "praying and preaching." Explaining how this social gospel viewpoint got here to dominate a number of the vintage stories of African American faith, Bound for the Promised Land sheds new mild on a variety of parts of the improvement of black faith, together with philanthropic endeavors to "modernize" the southern black rural church. In delivering a balanced and holistic knowing of black faith in post–World struggle I the US, Bound for the Promised Land serves to bare the demanding situations almost immediately confronting this important component to America’s non secular mosaic.

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The Tribune reported that while Chicago's health department was concerned about the spread of disease from the "overflow of negroes" and white property owners on the Southside were alarmed, many jobs and good wages were still to be had.

This emphasis can be seen in issues of the Negro Farmer) which was combined with Washington's newspaper, the Messenger) in 1915. "82 The Negro Farmer featured progressive farmer-preachers in its "Winners from the Soil" column. In 1914 the paper praised o. J. McPherson, a Baptist preacher in South Carolina and a leader in farm demonstration work, for having grown two 50o-pound bales of cotton on one acre. " 84 Booker T. Washington died in 1915, but his disciples kept alive his interest in the country church.

4 On June 28, 1914, a Serbian nationalist assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. Austria declared war on Serbia on July 27, and by the following month Germany had invaded Belgium. Though the United States attempted to remain neutral, it was soon assisting France and Great 38 BOUND FOR THE PROMISED LAND Britain. After the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915, a declaration of war seemed inevitable, despite President Woodrow Wilson's early resistance to preparedness demands. " Several days later the Senate and House voted in favor of a declaration of war.

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