Most religious African Americans after the
American Civil War (1861–1865)
belonged to Baptist churches. Even prior to the abolition of slavery, Baptists, black and white,
came closer to the principle of the equality of all believers than many other
religious bodies. Even white Baptists recognized in principle the idea that African
Americans were full members of the church, though whites generally did not consent to
the ordination of their black counterp. . .
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