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Theorizing Confl ict and Confl ict Resolution in an African Philosophical Discourse


This chapter contextualizes the socio-political protest in Foote's autobiography, generally within the negotiated tensions with the dominant White culture, within the writings of Richard Allen, and within proscriptions about appropriate gender roles within the Church. This chapter analyzes Foote's Christian rhetoric and her construction of self as a sanctified being through John Wesley's holistic understanding of Christianity. The chapter examines textual meaning in the exhortation for political and social change within the church and in American society in Julia Foote's spiritual autobiography, A Brand Plucked from the Fire. Foote was resolute in using prophesy and evangelism to protest political realities and encourage action that ran against the grain of popular thought, both in the dominant White culture and in her own African American community. Tradition, reason, and experience relate back to scripture in order to uncover the meaning of scripture to be able to (re)apply it to the ways Christians should live and behave.