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Passionately Human, No Less Divine

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The Great Migration of the early 20th century brought millions of African Americans up from the south in hopes of a bright future.

Instead, they often encountered poverty and prejudice, but the spirituality they brought with them provided a salve for many.

In the book Passionately Human, No Less Divine: Religion and Culture in Black Chicago, 1915-1952, Harvard Divinity School professor Wallace Best chronicles the effect of the Great Migration on black churches in Chicago.

Eight Forty-Eight's Richard Steele recently spoke with Best. 

He says some of the African-Americans who already lived in Chicago frowned upon the enthusiastic religious expression of the new arrivals.

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