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date: 21 January 2021

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This essay examines how the history of African Americans is understood and framed in terms of the development of their religious identities within the framework of the US nation-state. It first provides an overview of history and its relationship to religion before turning to a discussion of the transformation of Africans into blacks in America. It then considers the emergence of black theology and concludes by reflecting on historical redemption and contingency.

Keywords: history, African Americans, religious identities, nation-state, religion, Africans, blacks, America, black theology

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