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Saved and SanctifiedThe Rise of a Storefront Church in Great Migration Philadelphia$
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Deidre Helen Crumbley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813039848

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813039848.001.0001

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Saints Tales

Saints Tales

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Saved and Sanctified

Deidre Helen Crumbley

University Press of Florida

This chapter contains life histories of ten founding church elders, who are currently in their 80s and 90s. All of the narratives begin with a socio-historical snapshot of the elders' hometowns, followed by interviews covering their life experiences in both the North and the South. These experiences include employment patterns and salaries earned; “separate but equal” education during the Plessy v. Ferguson era; White on Black violence, such as false imprisonment and threats of and actual lynching; politics of sex between White men and Black women in the South; enculturation of White children in perpetrating racial violence and of Black children in surviving it; Black adult strategies for negotiating southern White terrorism and for migrating to and adjusting within urban life; economic survival strategies, such as sharecropping in the South and Black women's performing domestic “day labor” in the North; southern religious roots and new urban religious options; and colorism. The chapter concludes by exploring how these narratives inform Great Migration research.

Keywords:   White terrorism, Domestic day work, Lynching, White men and Black women, Colorism, Plessy v. Ferguson, Racialized enculturation, White on Black violence

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