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.
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