March 6 - March 6 2008 A Race Another Other a Quick recap i,manyness and,oneness but also,otherness ii"The processes of classifying persons into

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March 6, 2008 a. Race: Another Other b. Quick recap: i. ‘manyness’ and ‘oneness,’ but also ‘otherness’ ii. “The processes of classifying persons into superhuman, human, and subhuman” iii. Impulse to preserve tradition vs. impulse towards radical change c. Narratives about what is ‘toxic’ to culture-how to contain it? B. Albanese text a. Slave trade ended in 1808, at that time there were 1 million Blacks in the U.S., which was 20% of the population. (1 in 5) C. West African Religions a. Diverse origins in Africa (analogous to Native Americans situation) b. Common features: i. Strong sense of community: “no person could live in isolation, either materially or spiritually.” (135) ii. Ancestors: “West Africans believed that they ancestors still lived and that they took an interest in their descendants.” (135) c. No clear line between ‘heaven’ and ‘earth’-acknowledgement of God, including a “high God” i. “ultimate force upon which they depended” but “once this high God had started up the world, generally he did not intervene” ii. “He did not change history, and no West African would have expected him to prevent slavery” d. Other, smaller Gods were more directly involved both in the world and in people’s practices, including animal sacrifice, divination, music, and dance. D.New Land, New Religion a. The middle Paggage-a business model for turning people into products i. In part, this involved destabilizing both religious/communal identity and personal/familial identity. b. New religious life built from: i. West African background ii. The condition of slavery iii. The language of European Christianity c. Trickster figures-serve to express hostilities and celebrate the triumph of the weak over the strong d. Conjure: “expressing their belief…that nothing just ‘happened’; everything had its spiritual cause and cure.” (137) e. Voodoo (from vodun): of Afro-Caribbean origins, present in French Louisiana, especially New Orleans. E. Coming Next: a. Black Christianity
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March 11, 2008 A. Black Christianity a. Some consonance with Catholicism, but most choose Protestantism b. Decisions and adaptations on the part of slaves c. Initial indifference to message of Anglican missionaries and their emphasis on catechetical schools, the reading of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer d. Blacks changed Protestantism to “express their own past history and present situation” and a “sense of inner autonomy and…conviction of separate peoplehood.” (138) B. Two Different Forms of Christianity a. “First and most visibly, white masters promoted an official Christianity for slave consumption, stressing humility, obedience, and ‘good’ behavior. They encouraged special plantation missions to bring slaves into…
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course R.S. 104 taught by Professor Uliss during the Spring '08 term at Wisc Oshkosh.

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