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This compilation of printed texts from the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill traces how Southern African Americans experienced and transformed Protestant Christianity into the central institution of community life. Coverage begins with white churches' conversion efforts, especially in the post-Revolutionary period, and depicts the tensions and contradictions between the egalitarian potential of evangelical Christianity and the realities of slavery. It focuses, through slave narratives and observations by other African American authors, on how the black community adapted evangelical Christianity, making it a metaphor for freedom, community, and personal survival. An award from the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition supported the digitization of 100 titles. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill supplemented these titles with thirty-five additional texts illuminating the same theme.

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The digitization and presentation of these materials by the Academic Affairs Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill*, as part of the digital library project Documenting the American South*, was supported by an award from the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition. Links marked * are to web pages mounted at the awardee institution. The digital reproductions of the narratives are also mounted at the awardee institution.

The source materials for this collection are housed in libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.* Please contact the library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with any questions or information about the original materials or requests for reproductions.


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