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American Religious History HIS304: African American Religion

This guide serves as a starting point for researching U.S. Religious History

Reference Books/eBooks

Journals, Magazines and Newspapers

Physical Copies: All issues are shelved alphabetically by Journal Title at the Lancaster branch:


eJournals: Copy and paste them into the search box on the library homepage. *Tip- select the Journals tab*


Subject Searching

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are a standardized thesaurus used to classify topics into related categories. These can be used in most library catalogs to quickly locate related materials. 

  • African Americans Religion History.
  • Afrocentrism Religious aspects Christianity History.
  • Bible Black interpretations History.
  • Black Theology
  • Black theology History.
  • African Americans Religion History.
  • African American preaching History.
  • African American theologians.

Theologians (past and present)

Eric Watkins Charles Octavius Boothe  Keith Augustus Burton
Kelly Brown Douglas Carl Ellis K.A. Ellis
Cain Hope Felder Bruce L. Fields Lisa Fields
Lemuel Haynes Fannie Lou Hamer Robert E. Hood
Dwight N. Hopkins Howard Thurman Gardner Taylor
Mitzi Smith Love Sechrest
Dwight McKissic Sr.
Benjamin Elijah Mays
Donald H. Matthews
Willie James Jennings
Mahalia Jackson
Phyllis Wheatley  Richard allen
Martin Luther King Jr  C. T. Vivian George Liele
Rev. Henry Highland Garnet Rev. Alexander Crummell

Charles Price Jones

William Seymour

Nathaniel Paul

James W. C. Pennington

A. W. Hanson

Augustus Washington

J. Deotis Roberts