Friday, March 30, 2007

Some books worth reading

I mentioned in my post last night an ex-slave conversion account. At the time, I didn’t have the book nearby, but I located it this morning. For me, these kinds of slave accounts are worth the price of the book. This is the book I was referring to:

Sernett, Milton C., ed. African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1999. Pages 69-74.

There are also some important writings by important figures in Black American history located in this volume, which I believe would be worth your reading, if you’re unfamiliar with Black American history. I think it would be worth your splurging on this book. I especially recommend this ex-slave conversion account on pages 69-74 to my cessationist brothers and sisters, so that they can get themselves out of their emotionless, rationalist-cessationist ghettos, and learn something about the rest of the Christian world.

I also recommend two more volumes which contain only the transcribed accounts of ex-slaves. Learn what American slavery was about straight from the mouths of those who lived the experience.

Mellon, James, ed. Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember: An Oral History. New York: Avon Books, 1988.

Berlin, Ira, Marc Favreau and Steven F. Miller, eds. Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation. New York: The New Press, 1998.

3 comments:

Gayla said...

Hi Wyeth - I just left you a comment on your Wed post. Just wanted to make sure you saw it!

I'm really enjoying your blog!

d said...

"Uncle Tom's Cabin," written by a devout Christian woman, was once required reading in all highschools throughout the US but sadly, expectedly, is now rather banished from our curriculum. Licoln, himself, upon meeting Beecham-Stowe, noted that she was the one who started this need for the war and aboltuion of slavery [Stateside].

I enjoyed your post and will have to check out some others later. In the interim, I thought you might like to read, " http://www.melaniephillips.com/articles-new/?p=497 "

God bless.

-duncan

d said...

Of course, I'm assuming you've seen"amazing Grace" about Wilberforce and his eventually successful efforts to abolish slavery in the British Empire. Wilberforce is another christian most now don't know anything about even thought, at the time, he was considered one of the greatest influencers of modern society and it was thought that he would be remembered forever.