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Black Manhood and Community Building in North Carolina, 1900–1930$
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Angela Hornsby-Gutting

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032931

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032931.001.0001

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What Can He Do?

What Can He Do?

African-American Churchmen Confront the Black Women's Era

(p.17) 1 What Can He Do?
Black Manhood and Community Building in North Carolina, 1900–1930

Angela Hornsby-Gutting

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines North Carolina Baptist Convention leaders' efforts to make their churches and themselves more manly. Fearing that their churches were becoming feminized, they sought to weaken black church women's home missionary work. At the same time, black men campaigned to assume more of “women's work” by engaging in social service activity. The rhetoric of masculinization within the church influenced the dialogue and activity of North Carolina's black men and women as they fought to assert and redefine the influence of their respective genders within their churches.

Keywords:   black men, black women, gender identity, North Carolina Baptist Convention, masculinization, missionary work

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