Archive for the ‘Harlem Retrospectives’ Category
During the 1930s, Harlem was the greatest Protestant center in New York City.
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.
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.
The slavocrats won and the baptism of slaves ceased. For the first time, commercial values in Manhattan trumped faith and moral values.
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.
At the very beginning of Harlem’s life Africans were creating an African American identity rooted in faith and freedom.
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.
Harlem was the third largest Jewish community in the world, second only to the Lower East Side and Warsaw.
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.