By Milton C. Sernett
Drawing on more than a few sources—interviews, executive files, church periodicals, books, pamphlets, and articles—Sernett indicates how the mass migration created an institutional quandary for black spiritual leaders. He describes the inventive tensions that resulted while the southern migrants who observed their exodus because the moment Emancipation introduced their non secular ideals and practices into northern towns akin to Chicago, and strains the ensuing emergence of the idea that black church buildings needs to be greater than locations for "praying and preaching." Explaining how this social gospel standpoint got here to dominate some of the vintage experiences of African American faith, Bound for the Promised Land sheds new gentle on a number of elements of the improvement of black faith, together with philanthropic endeavors to "modernize" the southern black rural church. In supplying a balanced and holistic realizing of black faith in post–World struggle I the United States, Bound for the Promised Land serves to bare the demanding situations shortly confronting this important section of America’s non secular mosaic.
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Down in Egyptland 19 alternative. James Samuel Stemons wrote in 1898 on "The Industrial Color Line in the North and the Remedy" for the AME Church Review. A supporter of the Industrial Rights League, which sought to have employers take a pledge disavowing industrial discrimination on Christian principles, Stemons believed that conditions had actually worsened for black workers in the North since the Civil War. " 34 Richard R. , an African Methodist clergyman with graduate training in sociology, wrote extensively on the economic barriers faced by African Americans in the industrialized North.
They too expressed reservations about a mass exodus from the South. Lilian Brandt, secretary of the social research committee of the New York Charity Organization Society, wrote in 1905 that African Americans were best suited to agricultural environments. The African American was not, in her estimation, able to cope with urban conditions and would become "a serious problem-a problem which we cannot escape by the reflection that this migration city-ward was no part of our original plan when we brought him to help us develop our new land, and one which is increasing in importance at a rapid rate:'44 Preoccupied with the plight of the urban poor whose ranks had been swelled by European immigrants, northern social workers such as Brandt were content to leave the fate of African Americans in the South to southern whites.
Entry into the war. The supply of immigrant labor rapidly declined from more than 1 million new arrivals in 1914 to only 110,618 in 1918. Thousands of workers of European origin returned to their native countries. Northern industrial recruiters were forced to look for a source of labor previously shunned-southern blacks. 5 Northern labor agents began recruiting southern blacks to replace immigrant labor in the spring of 1915, but their activities drew little public attention because of the small numbers involved.
Bound For the Promised Land: African American Religion and the Great Migration by Milton C. Sernett