Book Review: The Color of Christ

Color of ChristEdward J. Blum and Paul Harvey’s The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America (UNC Press, 2012) offers an essential and extraordinary history of the American racial imagination. It focuses on the explosion, and whitewashing, of images of Christ in the cultural crucible of nineteenth-century America, when white supremacy sought fresh legitimacy from above.

My review of The Color of Christ appeared in the most recent volume of Mormon Studies Review, a scholarly journal edited by J. Spencer Fluhman. Access is by subscription; Melissa Inouye’s overview of the issue is here.

About Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson teaches religion, ethics, philosophy, and human rights at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH. He is the author of *American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940* (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and nonfiction essays about Bosnia for the Canadian literary magazine *Numero Cinq*. Born in 1975 in Olean, NY, he earned the Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Virginia, where he specialized in American religious history. He writes, teaches, and lectures about religion in America, popular culture, Mormonism, and Bosnia. He lives in Exeter with his partner, Alexis Simpson, and their two children.
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1 Response to Book Review: The Color of Christ

  1. Rick Simpson says:

    Glad to know about the review and the volume it discusses; also glad to hear about the Maxwell Institute.

    R. Reed-Simpson

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