Author

Dennis C. Dickerson

Professor, Vanderbilt University

Dennis C. Dickerson is the James M. Lawson Jr. Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He specializes in American labor history, the U.S. civil rights movement and African American religious history. Dickerson’s forthcoming book, “Protestant Preachers in the Public Square: The Careys of Chicago,” examines the intersection between religion and politics in the careers of the Careys.

Preachers and the public square

The two Archibald J. Careys -- father and son -- wielded power inside and outside the church for much of the 20th century. But the gains they made for the black community often were at the cost of their ministry, says historian Dennis C. Dickerson.

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