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Forty Acres and a Mule
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Northerners in the South
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Slave to Sharecropper
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In God We Trust
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In God We Trust
In God We Trust

Black and white churches, at the centers of their communities, find evidence in their religious beliefs to support both slavery and its abolition.

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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.

Special Features
Gallery: Reconstruction-Era Houses of Worship

Gallery: Reconstruction-Era Houses of Worship
Religion shaped many Americans' beliefs during Reconstruction.

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