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The Negro Churches of Harlem in 1930, Part 2 by George H. Hobart

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During the 1930s, Harlem was the greatest Protestant center in New York City.

The Negro Churches of Harlem in 1930, Part 1 by George H. Hobart

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We are making available excerpts of a hard to get report on the 1930 census of Harlem churches done by the Greater New York Federation of Churches.

Harlem Faith after the American Revolution

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After the War of Revolution in 1776, a battle-tested cohort of African American and White faith-based leaders developed an ardor for extending freedom.

New Harlem Village & Church

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The beginnings of church life in Harlem

Peter Stuyvesant’s relentless quest for order in New Amsterdam pushes Africans out of the church

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The slavocrats won and the baptism of slaves ceased. For the first time, commercial values in Manhattan trumped faith and moral values.

Harlem and the Dutch debate over slavery in New Amsterdam

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The anti-slavery theologians often referred to slavery as “theft of humans” and a violation of the eighth of the Ten Commandments. But the slavocrats gained more elite supporters than did the theologians of freedom.

African American faith and freedom in pre-colonial Harlem

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At the very beginning of Harlem’s life Africans were creating an African American identity rooted in faith and freedom.

Re: Post – #election2016 “Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving” by NYC cartoonist Thomas Nast

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After the Civil War, Nast foresaw America in his “Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving” (1869) as the place where everybody had a place at the table.

Revisiting the Streets of Jewish Harlem

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Harlem was the third largest Jewish community in the world, second only to the Lower East Side and Warsaw.

Harlem 1948 Episode 1

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In August 1948 Hollywood premiered “Miracle in Harlem” at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for the segregated African American audience. The film celebrated church life, small businesses, and the people of Harlem.

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