A Will to Choose: The Origins of African American Methodism

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2007 - Religion - 317 pages
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A Will to Choose traces the history of African-American Methodism beginning with their emergence in the fledgling American Methodist movement in the 1760s. Responding to Methodism's anti-slavery stance, African-Americans joined the new movement in large numbers and by the end of the eighteenth century, had made up the largest minority in the Methodist church, filling positions of authority as class leaders, exhorters, and preachers. Through the first half of the nineteenth century, African Americans used the resources of the church in their struggle for liberation from slavery and racism in the secular culture.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Anthonys Legacy
13
African American Methodisms Beginnings
35
Emerging Centers of Black Methodism Baltimore Washington DC and Wilmington
63
Emerging Centers of Black Methodism Philadelphia New York City and Brooklyn
91
African Methodism Away from the Cities
125
The Push into the South
155
Womenthe New Force in Church Life
189
Toward Emancipation
211
Emancipation and Its Transitions
251
A Selected Bibliography of Antebellum African American Methodism
283
Index
303
About the Author
317
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

J. Gordon Melton is the director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion in Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the Encyclopedia of American Religions, American Religion: An Illustrated History, Encyclopedia of Protestantism, and the Encyclopedia of African American Religion.

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