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Book reviews: 'Preaching With Sacred Fire' and 'The Anthology of Rap'
Book reviews: 'Preaching With Sacred Fire' and 'The Anthology of Rap'

Preaching With Sacred Fire An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present Edited by Martha Simmons and Frank A. Thomas W.W. Norton: 976 pp., $45 The Anthology of Rap Edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois Yale University Press: 868 pp., $35 Could one build some sort of sturdy footbridge between, say, Frederick Douglass and Kanye West? Two new books, "Preaching With Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present" and "The Anthology of Rap," look at two very different forms of African American oral tradition but take similar paths to their conclusions about the history and import of the black narrative tradition, the...

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