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Fire in his heart : Bishop Benjamin Tucker Tanner and the A.M.E. Church / William Seraile.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [223]-231) and index.
Subject: Tanner, Benj. T. (Benjamin Tucker) 1835-1923
African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishops Biography
African Methodist Episcopal Church History

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Fire in His Heart : Bishop Benjamin Tucker Tanner and the A. M. E. Church
Fire in His Heart : Bishop Benjamin Tucker Tanner and the A. M. E. Church
by Seraile, William
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Fire in His Heart : Bishop Benjamin Tucker Tanner and the A. M. E. Church

Fire in His Heart Bishop Benjamin Tucker Tanner and the A.M.E. Church William Seraile "This fine, informative work greatly augments our knowledge of the life of black clergy and periodical editors in the late nineteenth century, by providing us with an insightful biography of Benjamin Tucker Tanner, a man who was one of the greatest in both categories. William Seraile's careful analysis of Tanner's integrationist views regarding race in America can help out present-day Americans who are concerned about overcoming divisions that still persist in our multi-ethnic democratic society." Stephen W. Angell, Florida A&M University "Professor Seraile has written a very well-researched, well-organized biography of Benjamin Tucker Tanner, one of the major leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, who made significant intellectual and pastoral contributions in his roles as minister, editor, and bishop. . . . Seraile highlights the life and work of a very important figure in African American, American, and Methodist religious history." Sandy Dwayne Martin, University of Georgia Benjamin Tucker Tanner (1835 1923) distinguished himself in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as one of the foremost clergymen and editors in the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church. With depth and insight, he wrote about major events he had witnessed the Civil War, Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow, and the Progressive Era, among them and, as part of the A.M.E. Church's educated elite, he helped extend the denomination's reach into the postbellum South as well as into Canada, the Caribbean, and Africa. In Fire in His Heart, William Seraile offers the first full biography of Tanner. As Seraile shows, the Pittsburgh-born churchman struggled in his early years with his own lack of religious zeal. This concern took Tanner from pulpit preaching in 1868 to the editor's desk where, for sixteen years, he edited the Christian Recorder, official organ of the A.M.E. Church, which he molded into a major African American newspaper. He subsequently became founding editor of the AME Church Review, and in 1888 he was made a bishop, serving districts based in Philadelphia, Kansas City, Jacksonville, and Nashville. At about the time he became a bishop, Tanner found the spiritual fire that had been absent in his youth a zeal that was reflected in both poetry and essays. As an editor and bishop, Tanner demonstrated an ardent commitment to human rights and a firm belief in the inclusion of all people into American society. Proud of his African heritage, he wrote books addressing the presence of the African in the Bible and thus was a pioneer in what is now called the Afrocentric school of theology. Even so, he considered himself first and foremost an American, predicting that the United States would eventually become a nation where race and color were unimportant. In its recounting and analysis of Tanner's life, writings, and intellectual contributions, Fire in His Heart underscores the importance of a key figure in the history of the African American church. The Author: William Seraile is a professor in the Department of Black Studies at Lehman College of the City University of New York. He is the author of Voice of Dissent: Theophilus Gould Steward and Black America. "

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