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By Charlotte S. Riley,Crystal J. Lucky,Joycelyn K. Moody

ISBN-10: 0299306747

ISBN-13: 9780299306748

Preacher, instructor, and postmistress, Charlotte Levy Riley was once born into slavery yet grew to become a favored evangelist after emancipation. even though numerous nineteenth-century money owed through black preaching ladies within the northern states are identified, this can be the 1st discovery of the sort of memoir within the South.

            Born in 1839 in Charleston, South Carolina, Riley used to be taught to learn, write, and stitch regardless of legislation forbidding black literacy. Raised a Presbyterian, she writes of her conversion at age fourteen to the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, embracing its ecstatic worship and led by means of her personal non secular visions. Her memoir is revelatory on many counts, together with existence in city Charleston sooner than and after emancipation, her paintings as a preacher at multiracial revivals, the increase of African American civil servants within the Reconstruction period, and her schooling and improvement as an authorized girl minister in a patriarchal church.

            Crystal J. fortunate, who found Riley’s forgotten publication within the library documents at Wilberforce college in Ohio, presents an creation and notes on occasions, society, and non secular perform within the antebellum period and through the Civil struggle and Reconstruction, and areas A Mysterious existence and Calling within the context of different non secular autobiographies and slave narratives.

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