American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War by Bruce Catton

By Bruce Catton

The Epic fight of the Blue and grey through the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Bruce Catton. this is the real glance of the conflict with 836 images together with many in colour that experience by no means been revealed earlier than. The illustrations variety from the excellent pictures of Mathew Brady and the well-known sketches of Winslow Homer to dozens of formerly unknown work, drawings, and eye-witness conflict scenes. No earlier unmarried quantity at the struggle has even approached the value and the colour of this assortment.

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Nor would European immigrants in the Americas ever have escaped from Cultural Contact and Cultural Space 37 the constricting tentacles of the sexual repression they inherited from the Middle Ages. 21 The effects of African and African American worldviews on American Christianity seldom have been acknowledged, yet African American Christianity has been and remains a vital religious and political force in America. For African Americans, it provides a distinctive way of being in the world, which, in turn, provides a critical cultural vantage point and sense of personal and social identity.

A part of the task of our hermeneutic enterprise is to interpret these early interpreters of African American religion. I hope to do this in a way that leads to a clearer understanding of the interpretive process in the study of black religion and culture, using these scholars' commentary on the spirituals as my prime example of this process. The next chapter is an exposition of the nature of the African American spirituals and of the methods employed by their interpreters. This same kind of narrative hermeneutical analysis also may be done with other "classic" or contemporary forms of African American religion.

The overriding antiphonal structure of the spirituals—the call-and-response pattern which Negroes brought with them from Africa and which was reinforced in America by the ptactice of lining out hymns—placed the individual in continual dialogue with his community. . Here again slave music confronts us with evidence which indicates that, however seriously the slave system may have diminished the central commonality that had bound African societies together, it was never able to destroy it totally or to leave the individual atomized and psychically defenseless before his white masters.

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