The Myth of Ham in Nineteenth-Century American Christianity

Race, Heathens, and the People of God

  • Authors
  • Sylvester¬†A.¬†Johnson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Sylvester A. Johnson
    Pages 1-26
  3. Sylvester A. Johnson
    Pages 51-71
  4. Sylvester A. Johnson
    Pages 73-108
  5. Sylvester A. Johnson
    Pages 109-133
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 135-187

About this book


This monograph is an original study of what is commonly termed the American "myth of Ham". It examines black and white Americans' recourse to the biblical character of Ham as a cultural strategy for explaining racial origins. Previous studies in the area have been restricted to associating the Hamitic idea with pro-slavery arguments, whereas the thesis of this project reveals a fundamental irony: black American Christians who reinforced the meanings of illegitimacy by appealing to Ham as the ancestor of the race.


Christian theology Christianity theology

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