African-American Religion: A Documentary History Project
Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources


Several persons associated with the project (either now or in the past) regularly teach courses devoted to or significantly concerned with African-American religious history. Currently, five syllabi are available.

The following three syllabi provide examples of survey courses in African-American religious history at both the undergraduate and graduate levels:

“African-American Religious History,” Religion 320, Princeton University, Prof. Albert J. Raboteau. This is an undergraduate lecture and discussion course that makes significant use of autobiographical narratives, fiction, and videos.

“African American Religious Experience,” AfAm/Anthro/Religious Studies 90, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Profs. Laurie Maffly-Kipp and Glenn Hinson. This is a an undergraduate survey, with an emphasis on personal testimonies, past and present, and a regional field work component.

“African-American Religious History,” Religious Studies 203, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Prof. Laurie Maffly-Kipp. This is a graduate seminar that emphasizes recent scholarship.

The following two syllabi provide examples of undergraduate courses which examine the religious encounter of Africans, Europeans, and Native Americans in the early history of the Atlantic world:

“Religious Encounters in the Colonial Atlantic World,” Religion 319, Princeton University, Prof. Albert J. Raboteau. This is an undergraduate seminar that includes primary documents from the project’s working drafts as part of the assigned readings.

“Religion in the Atlantic World, 1441–1600,” Black Studies 28/Religion 32, Amherst College, Prof. David W. Wills. This is an undergraduate course that draws heavily on the project’s working drafts of volumes one and two.

Other Teaching-Related Materials:

Currently available is “Research and Teaching in American Religious History at a Liberal Arts College: Some Personal Reflections.” This is the text of an informal talk on teaching given in 1996 by one of the project’s co-editors, David W. Wills, and part of a discussion of the difference between teaching American religious history in a liberal arts college as opposed to a larger, research university, it speaks specifically about teaching Religion 32: Religion in the Atlantic World: 1441–1808 and about the instructional use of the project’s document files and draft volumes.

Also available is an initial list of Recommended Videos. Look for additions soon.

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