The Scourging of a Race and Other Sermons and Addresses
Notes: A collection of 26 orations delivered by a black Baptist minister from the 1880s to the early 20th century. One of Johnson's recurring themes is that while white people and institutions must reform their racist positions, African Americans must also follow God's path more closely.
"The clergy of the other race can never make me feel that they are friends of the Negro, until they thunder against lynch-law, against the inhumanity, the barbarism of roasting God's handiwork alive... There is [also] a dreadful responsibility upon the Negro ministry. We must insist upon it that there be a reform in the morality of our people." (p. 171).
According to the biographical sketch of the author (by E. M. Brawley) that serves as a preface to this book, Johsonson was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1858. He graduated from high school in Buffalo, NY, and graduated valedictorian of his college class at Union University in Richmond, VA. He became a Baptist minister, a mathematics and political science professor at his alma mater, and at the time this book was written, he served as the pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and edited the National Baptist Magazine.
viii, 228 pages.
Edition + Condition: First edition (first printing). A bit of loss at the top of the spine, else a near fine copy in the publisher's maroon cloth binding.
Publication: City of Washington: Beresford, Printer, 1904.
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