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God, Harlem u.s.a: The Father Divine Story

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How did an African-American man born in a ghetto in 1879 rise to such social and 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 spread across the nation and around the world, attracting a wide variety of followers. As his ministry grew, so did the controversy surrounding his enormous wealth, flamboyant style, and committed "angels"--black and white, rich and poor. 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. Where 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 inconsistent and contradictory. Father Divine developed a syncretic religion composed of African-American traditions, Catholicism, Methodism, Pentecostalism, and the power of positive thinking, or New Thought, a forerunner of the New Age religions popular today. He taught followers to channel his spirit to achieve health, prosperity, and salvation. By focusing on mind power and positive thinking, Father Divine offered those suffering from racism and economic dislocation an ideology that promised success through self-mastery. 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.This is the story of a religious movement from its charismatic leader to its dedicated followers and their impact on American life.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520916692
Subtitle:
The Father Divine Story
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Jill Watts
Author:
Watts, Jill
Subject:
Father divine
Subject:
New Age
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
New Age x
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Peace Mission Movement
Subject:
African American clergy
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19950213
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
249
Age Level:
New Age

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Religious
History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » US History » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Metaphysics » General
Religion » Christianity » General

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