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On Jordan’s BanksEmancipation and Its Aftermath in the Ohio River Valley$
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Darrel E. Bigham

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123660

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123660.001.0001

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Black Society

Black Society

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(p.247) 11 Black Society
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On Jordan’s Banks
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Darrel E. Bigham

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813123660.003.0012

This chapter examines African American churches and fraternal societies in states along the Ohio River during the post-war years. African Americans valued the church next to the family as the most vital element in their lives and the church provided social as well as spiritual nourishment in a time when racial bigotry prevented them from engaging in what we in the twenty-first century consider normal relations among human beings. This chapter cites a historian's opinion that the greatest achievement of post-war African Americans was a distinct society and culture, with black professionals in medicine, law, journalism, and religion providing the leadership.

Keywords:   African Americans, churches, fraternal society, Ohio River, post-war years, African American culture

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