You jes wait a little: A comparison of the motif of hope in African American preaching during the slave and post-Civil War periods. Wayne E Croft

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You jes wait a little: A comparison of the motif of hope in African American preaching during the slave and post-Civil War periods.  by  Wayne E Croft

You jes wait a little: A comparison of the motif of hope in African American preaching during the slave and post-Civil War periods. by Wayne E Croft
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African American homileticians and scholars reference hope as a continuing central element of African American preaching. This common assumption has not been examined and tested under close scholarly scrutiny. Thus, this dissertation explores the useMoreAfrican American homileticians and scholars reference hope as a continuing central element of African American preaching.

This common assumption has not been examined and tested under close scholarly scrutiny. Thus, this dissertation explores the use of the motif of hope within African American preaching during the final years of slave Christianity (1800-1864) and the early years of the post-Civil War period (1865-1896) in order to illustrate how the motif may have changed with the changing of the historical context. The first period extends from the first recorded historical slave rebellion led by Gabriel Prosser in 1800 to the year prior to the end of the Civil War- 1864.

The second period extends from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to 1896 when Plessy v. Ferguson established segregation as the law of the land. This investigation begins with a review of contemporary scholarship concerning hope in Black preaching.

It explores the discussion of distinctive characteristics in Black preaching in which hope is named by three homileticians, Henry H. Mitchell, Cleophus J. LaRue, and William B. McClain. It further explores the theological definition of Black hope through the work of seven African American theologians- James H. Cone, Major J. Jones, J. DeOtis Roberts, Noel L. Erskine, James H. Evans, Jr., A. Elaine Brown Crawford, and Gayraud S. Wilmore.-The examining of hope in the prayers and Spirituals of slaves and historical slave rebellions led by three slave preachers, Gabriel Prosser, Denmark Vesey, and Nat Turner, demonstrates the content of hope during slavery.

This project concludes by analyzing the published sermons of two highly respected post-Civil War African American preachers- Daniel Alexander Payne, a bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and John Jasper, pastor of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Virginia in order to understand the role hope played in the preaching of each of these preachers. In this dissertation one will find that, historically, hope, in Black preaching, is far more complex than has been recognized in previous scholarship.



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