Slave Religion

by Albert J. Raboteau.Oxford, $13.95. One of the more infuriating defenses of slavery was its alleged provision of Christian salvation to the heathen African. By hunting through old documents, church records, and slave narratives, Mr. Raboteau has pieced together the more interesting truth, which is that many slaveholders recognized the democratic element in Christianity and wanted none of it on their premises, while the enslaved Africans were distinctly selective in the aspects of Christianity which they embraced. This book is good, lively social history. Notes, index.