This website provides students, scholars, and anyone interested in religion, race, politics, and culture in the United States access to the hundreds of sources that Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey consulted to write The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America and to teaching materials, discussion questions, and classroom assignments. Since so many sources are available digitally, we wanted readers and researchers to be to follow the book with the digital sources and to pursue their own research agendas.

As experts in the study of race and religion in the United States, Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey have worked with PBS, CNN, the New York Times, Religion Dispatches, and Religion and Politics to help scholars, students, and everyday people try to understand more richly the links among religion, race, politics, and culture throughout the nation’s history. This website seeks to bring the sources and the scholarship even closer to readers and researchers. The website was created with a team of faculty and graduate students from across the country.


Edward J. Blum is a historian of race and religion in the United States who teaches at San Diego State University. An award winning writer and teacher, his previous books include W. E. B. Du Bois, American Prophet (2007) and Reforging the White Republic: Race, Religion, and American Nationalism, 1865-1898 (2005). He is also the co-editor of the blog titled TUSH.0: Teaching United States History.

Paul Harvey is Professor of History and Presidential Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  He is also the founding father and blogmeister of the scholarly blog Religion in American History. His previous books include Freedom’s Coming: Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era (2005), and Moses, Jesus, and the Trickster in the Evangelical South (2012).

Together, Harvey and Blum co-edited the The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History (2012).


Joanna G. Carr is a M.A. student at San Diego State University. She is currently studying for her comprehensive exams in American religious history.

Emily Suzanne Clark is a Ph.D. candidate in Religion at Florida State University with an interest in religion and race in the South. Her dissertation maps how religion mediated the cultural, political, and social changes in New Orleans from the late antebellum period through Reconstruction.

Michael G. Diaz is an undergraduate student of history at San Diego State University. He served in the U.S. Navy and plans on pursuing a graduate degree in history.

Tammy Heise is a Ph.D. candidate at Florida State University. Her dissertation, titled “Ghost Dance Religion and National Identity,” examines the intersections of Native American, Mormon and Protestant religions throughout the 19th and 20th centuries and demonstrates how prophetic religion mediated national identity and political change

Guy Emerson Mount is a second year PhD student at the University of Chicago.  His research interests center around the intersection of religion, sexuality, and modernity in postemanciaption America.   Mr. Mount’s current project covers the interracial marriage of Frederick Douglass and Helen Pitts in 1884, using it as a lens to explore how contested meanings of marriage and citizenship became centered in both African American struggles for freedom and white American responses to emancipation. His master’s thesis explored issues of black identity, authenticity, and masculinity as seen through the multiracial body of T. Thomas Fortune, the premier African American newspaper editor of the nineteenth century.  He regularly shares his thoughts on pop culture, contemporary politics, and current events through his Twitter page and can be followed at www.twitter.com/guyemersonmount

Monica C. Reed is a lecturer in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at Louisiana State University. She completed her PhD at Florida State University in American Religious History in the spring of 2013. Her research focuses on the relationship between religion and slavery in colonial New England.

Samantha Sneen is a senior at San Diego State University and currently has an internship at the Chula Vista Public Library.

Amber Tiffany is a Grad student at San Diego State University where she is writing a thesis about gender and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. She recently worked on an exhibit titled “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land: Japanese Americans in Chula Vista, California” for the Chula Vista Heritage Museum

Caitlin Wion is a graduate student at San Diego State University where she is writing a thesis on Louisa May Alcott.

Elijah James BlumThe Color of Christ is dedicated to the life of Elijah James Blum (December 12, 2010 – August 31, 2011). The final paragraph of the acknowledgments reads: “The saga of this book’s completion coincided with another saga, the life and journey of Elijah James Blum. You and your struggle gave so much. You were a good friend who swayed happily in your swing at Dad’s office (sometimes at 4:00 a.m.) so this book could be revised. As cataracts dimmed your vision, we longed for new ways to see this world and ones beyond. As your oral muscles degenerated and as you fought to eat and to breathe, we contemplated with greater depth the “bread of life” and the spirit moving in the wind. And as you giggled with your mom while playing peek-a-boo, you offered a vision of what it meant to laugh amid terrible loss. Elijah, you endured everything we asked, and we’re so proud of you. When the lights went out, we were grateful to have you in our arms. This book is for you.” To donate to the Elijah James Blum Memorial Fund, follow this link.

Web Developers

Matt Cromwell designed and developed this site in partnership with Edward Blum. It is a custom design based on the cover design of the book, and managed with WordPress. Matt is currently pursuing his MA in History at San Diego State University with Edward Blum. He has an MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary. He taught Church History at European Nazarene College in Buesingen, Germany for 4 years. He also is a web developer, making websites for small businesses and non-profits in San Diego, CA. He starts as the Associate Web Editor at the Journal of Southern Religion in May 2013. He blogs regularly on issues related to the historical relationship between religion and the nation-state at www.thechurchstateguy.com, and on everything from home-brewing, to web design at his website: www.mattcromwell.com.

Maria Hernandez contributed to the design of the homepage. Maria is a graduate of San Diego State University and a talented graphic and product designer. Maria’s work and personal blog are at mariathedesigner.com.

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