Slavery’s Long Shadow

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Despite claims that Jesus Christ transcends all racial barriers, the most segregated hour in America still comes every Sunday morning, when Christians gather for worship.

In Slavery’s Long Shadow fourteen scholars examine how the sobering historical realities of race relations and Christianity have created both unity and division within American churches from the 1790s into the twenty-first century. The book’s three sections offer readers three different entry points into the conversation: major historical periods, case studies, and ways forward. Historians and any Christians interested in racial reconciliation will find that this book helpfully illuminates our Christian and national past and points us toward a more unified future.


Tanya Smith Brice

Joel A. Brown

Lawrence A. Q. Burnley

Jeff W. Childers

Wes Crawford

James L. Gorman

Richard T. Hughes

Loretta Hunnicutt

Christopher R. Hutson

Kathy Pulley

Edward J. Robinson

Kamilah Hall Sharp

Jerry Taylor

D. Newell Williams


James L. Gorman is associate professor of history at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Jeff W. Childers is Carmichael- Walling Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at Abilene Christian University.

Mark W. Hamilton is Robert and Kay Onstead Professor of Biblical Studies at Abilene Christian University.