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This study places the Spirituals at the center of African American theological consciousness as an invaluable resource for the contemporary construction of African American theologies. The origin, function, and theological content of the Spirituals is examined in relation to issues that are critical to the liberation of the African American community and the historical role and traditions of the Black church. Students are given an opportunity to develop resources and skills that permit advanced research in the theological interpretation of the Spirituals.