How does McAlister’s account of religion and politics square with the prominent themes of contemporary developments?
Sylvester Johnson is assistant vice provost for the humanities and director of the Center for Humanities at Virginia Tech. Johnson is a founding coeditor of the Journal of Africana Religions. He has authored African American Religions, 1500–2000: Colonialism, Democracy, and Freedom (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and The Myth of Ham in Nineteenth-Century American Christianity: Race, Heathens, and the People of God (Palgrave MacMillan, 2004). He also coedited The FBI and Religion: Faith and National Security Before and After 9/11 (University of California, 2017).