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Author Harris, Paul William, author.

Title A long reconstruction : racial caste and reconciliation in the Methodist Episcopal Church / Paul William Harris
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2022]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 329 pages)
Summary After slavery was abolished, how far would white America go toward including African Americans as full participants in the country's institutions? Conventional historical timelines mark the end of Reconstruction in the year 1877, but the Methodist Episcopal Church continued to wrestle with issues of racial inclusion for decades after political support for racial reform had receded. An 1844 schism over slavery split Methodism into northern and southern branches, but Union victory in the Civil War provided the northern Methodists with the opportunity to send missionaries and teachers into the territory that had been occupied by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. To a remarkable degree, the M.E. Church succeeded in appealing to freed slaves and white Unionists and thereby built up a biracial membership far surpassing that of any other Protestant denomination
Notes Also issued in print: 2022
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Audience Specialized
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (viewed on January 6, 2022)
Subject African Methodist Episcopal Church -- History
Methodist Episcopal Church -- History
Race relations -- Religious aspects -- Methodist Episcopal Church.
Racism -- Religious aspects -- Methodist Episcopal Church
Racism -- United States -- History.
United States -- Race relations -- History.
United States -- Religion.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0197571859