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Craig Prentiss
Rockhurst University (Kansas City, MO 64110-2508)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2006 – 7/31/2006

Challenging Divine Justice in African-American Anti-Lynching Plays, 1916-1945

Of the 29 known anti-lynching plays written by African-Americans from 1916-1945, nearly half portrayed characters or situations that called the justice or existence of God into question. My article argues that these plays reflect significant theological debates among African-Americans engaged in contesting religion’s role in competing constructions of Black identity. The article will also be a chapter in a book on the larger topic of religion’s representation in plays written by African-Americans before 1945, and will be the first scholarly treatment of the topic. An NEH Summer Stipend will support two weeks of archival research and the completion of my article/chapter on anti-lynching plays.