Free

Annual Kincaid Lecture: 7:00pm with Dr. Paul Harvey

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum

120 Mars/DeBusk Parkway

Harrogate, TN 37752

View Map

Friends Who Are Going
Event description

Description

7:00pm Kincaid Lecture

To register for the 11:00am session, please visit here.

Full presentation with Q and A and reception at the Museum

Abstract:

African Americans had a tortured relationship with “the Christian religion” in the 19th century. It could be both their savior and their tormentor. They appealed to the “true principles” of Christianity as opposed to the false preaching of pro-slavery advocates. The entire cosmology of nineteenth-century Christianity was racialized, yet the same time, Christianity provided a venue both necessary and sufficient to critique American slavery, racism, and the political structures that lay under each. Hence the paradox of African American politics and the tradition that we now call Judeo-Christian, the same paradox which Frederick Douglass so brilliantly explored in his Fourth of July address in 1852.

This lectures explores how a select group of African Americans deployed, wrestled with, argued with, and transformed the Christian tradition, “”the Christian religion," extending from slaves in the Deep South to those highly educated free blacks and missionaries in the North. They debated the relationship between “the Christian religion” and the political issues of the mid-19th century. For example, could the Prince of Peace support a violent war against slavery? Likewise, could a principled anti-slavery Christian support a Constitution whose very structure helped to preserve a proslavery Republic?

Reception and book signing after the Q & A Session

About Dr. Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1992) is Professor of History and Presidential Teaching Scholar at UCCS. He researches, writes, and teaches in the field of American history from the 16th century to the present. Harvey is the creator and “blogmeister” of the nationally known professional scholarly blog Religion in American History, and is a contributor to the online journal Religion Dispatches. He is the author/editor of eleven books and numerous articles.

Publications

Most recently, Paul Harvey is the author of Christianity and Race in the American South: A History (University of Chicago Press, 2016), and Bounds of Their Habitation: Religion and Race in American History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Professor Harvey's recent co-authored book The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America, was named a "Top 25 Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice magazine in 2013, an award selected from among the several thousand academicbooks published in the previous year.

About the Robert L. Kincaid Lecture Series

The Dr. Robert L. Kincaid Endowed Research Center promotes the scholarly study and public understanding of the influence created by the Judeo-Christian Ethic upon the era and the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum

120 Mars/DeBusk Parkway

Harrogate, TN 37752

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved