God, Harlem U.S.A.: The Father Divine Story

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University of California Press, 10 janv. 1992 - 249 pages
How did an African-American man born in a ghetto in 1879 rise to such religious prominence that his followers addressed letters to him simply "God, Harlem U.S.A."?

Using hitherto unknown materials, Jill Watts portrays the life and career of one of the twentieth century's most intriguing religious leaders, Father Divine. Starting as an itinerant preacher, Father Divine built an unprecedented movement that by the 1930s had attracted followers across the nation and around the world. As his ministry grew, so did the controversy surrounding his enormous wealth, flamboyant style, and committed "angels"—black and white, rich and poor alike.

Here for the first time a full account of Father Divine's childhood and early years challenges previous contentions that he was born into a sharecropping family in the deep South. While earlier biographers have concentrated on Father Divine's social and economic programs, Watts focuses on his theology, which gives new meaning to secular activities that often appeared contradictory. Although much has been written about Father Divine, God, Harlem U.S.A. finally provides a balanced and intimate account of his life's work.
 

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A clear window into Afro-American history, tying together many strands of black culture via the remarkable life of evangelist Father Divine; by Watts (History/Cal. State). Born George Baker in 1879 in ... Consulter l'avis complet

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According to the Flesh
1
Nothing but GOD
14
Carrying the Message
31
In This Dining Room
49
I AM DIVINE
72
These Outside Directions
98
As a Sample and as an Example
123
A Kingdom without a Spot or a Wrinkle
144
Epilogue
167
Notes
179
Selected Bibliography
227
Index
241
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Jill Watts, Associate Professor of History at California State University, San Marcos, is at work on a book about Mae West.

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