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ERIC Number: EJ865900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
The Heart, Not the Face: A Civil-War-Era Tale and the Persistent Challenge of Race in Religious Education
Shafer, Peter William
Religious Education, v104 n4 p406-419 2009
This article analyzes the 1863 pseudo slave narrative entitled "Black and White; Or, the Heart, Not the Face" by white Northerner Jane Dunbar Chaplin. The article sets this tale within the historical and literary context of "domestic abolitionism." The logic behind the story is described as "sympathetic identification," a perspective that, although elevating the slave protagonist, leaves unexamined white religious, aesthetic, cultural, and political assumptions. The article concludes with a reflection on the persistence of this logic in current Religious Education settings and offers advice for practitioners who desire to expand interracial and intercultural understanding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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