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The manner of worship was very much in keeping with present day modes. Preachers    appealed to the emotions of the flock    and the congregation responded with amens, halleluia, clapping      of hands, shouting and screaming. Willis remarked to one white man during      his early life, that he wondered why the people yelled so loudly and the      man replied      that in fifty years hence the Negroes would be educated, know better and      would not do that. He further replied that fifty years ago the white people      screamed      and shouted that way. Willis wonders now when he sees both white and colored      people responding to preaching in much the same way as in his early life      if education has made much difference in many cases.

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