Black and white churches, at the centers of their communities, find evidence in their religious beliefs to support both slavery and its abolition.
The Black Race is Fit for Servitude
A New Orleans minister explains why whites are duty-bound to enslave blacks.
Oh, You Palefaced Hypocrites!
A minister and former slave points out the hypocrisy of slaveowners who call themselves Christians, and of ministers who refuse to preach against slavery.
Gallery: Reconstruction-Era Houses of Worship
Religion shaped many Americans' beliefs during Reconstruction.
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