The Cross and the Lynching Tree

The Cross and the Lynching Tree

by James H. Cone
The Cross and the Lynching Tree

The Cross and the Lynching Tree

by James H. Cone


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The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. In this powerful work, theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626980051
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 02/21/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 59,008
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

James H. Cone (1938-2018) was the Bill and Judith Moyers Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary. His books include A Black Theology of Liberation, Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare, and The Cross and the Lynching Tree, winner of the 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Leon Nixon is a professional actor, playwright, and filmmaker. A Los Angeles native, he has performed in short films, web series, and on stage in dramatic and comedic roles.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xiii

1 "Nobody Knows de Trouble I See": The Cross and the Lynching Tree in the Black Experience 1

2 "The Terrible Beauty of the Cross" and the Tragedy of the Lynching Tree: A Reflection on Reinhold Niebuhr 30

3 Bearing the Cross and Staring Down the Lynching Tree: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Struggle to Redeem the Soul of America 65

4 The Recrucified Christ in Black Literary Imagination 93

5 "Oh Mary, Don't You Weep" 120

Conclusion: Legacies of the Cross and the Lynching Tree 152

Notes 167

Index 197

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