The Sage of Tawawa: Reverdy Cassius Ransom, 1861-1959

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Kent State University Press, 2002 - 325 pages
I have lived through three generations. I have heard the rebel yell, the mourns and groans of slavery and the death rattle in the throat of the expiring monster as he was forever destroyed. When Reverdy Cassius Ransom expressed this, he was reflecting back on almost ninety years of a life spent as a pastor, editor, politician, writer, civil rights leader, and bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In The Sage of Tawawa, Annetta L. Gomez-Jefferson offers Ransom as a symbol of an era and a larger movement and recalls him to be a man of deep faith and conviction. Educated at Wilberforce University in Ohio (after losing his scholarship from Oberlin College for protesting the segregation of the campus dining halls), Reverdy Cassius Ransom worked with and for the African Methodist Episcopal Church. His duties saw him run for Congress, be elected bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, serve as editor of the A.M.E. Church Review, and serve as church historiographer. In July 1941, Ransom received a letter from President Roosevelt appointing him to the Volunteer Participation Committee in the Office of Civilian Defense. This examination of Ransom's lifelong dedication
 

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Contents

Harriet Ransoms Son 18611886
1
Green and Golden College Days 1881
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Early Itinerant Ministry 18861896
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The Institutional Church 18961904
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New England Years 19041907
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New York Ministry 19071912
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Ransom the Editor 19121916
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From Editor to Bishop 19161924
144
The Third District and Wilberforce 19321940
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The Wilberforce Dilemma and Sims Trial 19401947
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Ransom the Historiographer 19471952
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Ransom the Ransomed 19521959
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Notes
277
Selected Bibliography
312
Index
315
Copyright

Early Episcopal Districts 19241932
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About the author (2002)

Annetta L. Gomez-Jefferson is professor emeritus of theatre at the College of Wooster. She is the editor of Through Love to Light: The Sermons, Addresses, and Prayers of Bishop Joseph Gomez; and the author of Mazes (poetry).

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