Ferguson as History

by Eric Washington. Last summer as I prepared my scheduled readings for my African-American history course, the background noise on my living room television reverberated with the tense voices of journalists and people all unnerved in the St. Louis County city of Ferguson. On August 9, 2014, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed …

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Book Note: Aliens in the Promised Land, ed. by Anthony Bradley

by Eric Washington. Edited by the prolific theologian Anthony Bradley, Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership Is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2013) is a timely collection of essays that challenge the Evangelical powers that be on the issue of the inclusion of racial and ethnic minorities within …

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Cover of the book Half Has Never Been Told by Edward Baptist

The Half Has Never Been Told

by Jim Bratt. From time to time I like to use this blog to air out some conversation, or combat, going on inside the guild of American historians. The arguments never stop, with the happy consequence that we members of the profession are kept in work. But sometimes things get tiresome. That’s the case with …

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African american men wearing colonial tricorn hats and playing west African drums.

On Pinkster and Pentecost

by Jim Bratt. On Pentecost Sunday we are always reminded of the ethnic and geographical diversity of that day when the Holy Spirit was poured out to begin the church. But this year I was struck as well by the historical references on the occasion. In that first sermon by the Apostle Peter, he alludes …

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