The Methodist unification: Christianity and the politics of the Jim Crow era

Book Cover
Average Rating
New York University Press,
Pub. Date:

In the early part of the twentieth century, Methodists were seen by many Americans as the most powerful Christian group in the country. Ulysses S. Grant is rumored to have said that during his presidency there were three major political parties in the U.S., if you counted the Methodists.

The Methodist Unification focuses on the efforts among the Southern and Northern Methodist churches to create a unified national Methodist church, and how their plan for unification came to institutionalize racism and segregation in unprecedented ways. How did these Methodists conceive of what they had just formed as “united” when members in the church body were racially divided?

Moving the history of racial segregation among Christians beyond a simplistic narrative of racism, Morris L. Davis shows that Methodists in the early twentieth century—including high-profile African American clergy—were very much against racial equality, believing that mixing the races would lead to interracial marriages and threaten the social order of American society.

The Methodist Unification illuminates the religious culture of Methodism, Methodists' self-identification as the primary carriers of "American Christian Civilization," and their influence on the crystallization of whiteness during the Jim Crow Era as a legal category and cultural symbol.

More Details
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 8e2ca90d-5b51-6766-d1aa-75a5a4cd2d21
Grouping Title methodist unification christianity and the politics of the jim crow era
Grouping Author davis morris l
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-08-06 04:40:45AM
Last Indexed 2018-08-16 04:58:09AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Davis, Morris L. (Morris Lee), 1939-
author2-role NetLibrary, Inc.
author_display Davis, Morris L
detailed_location_arlington EBSCOhost
format_arlington eBook
format_category_arlington eBook
id 8e2ca90d-5b51-6766-d1aa-75a5a4cd2d21
isbn 9780814720318
item_details external_econtent:ils:.b13011674||EBSCOhost|Online|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|EBSCOhost||||Available Online||q||
itype_arlington eCollection
last_indexed 2018-08-16T08:58:09.069Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Other
literary_form_full Other
local_callnumber_arlington Online
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library Online, Aurora Hills Online, Central Online, Cherrydale Online, Columbia Pike Online, Connection Crystal City Online, Detention Center Online, Glencarlyn Online, Local History Online, Plaza Online, Shirlington Online, Westover Online
primary_isbn 9780814720318
publishDate 2008
record_details external_econtent:ils:.b13011674|eBook|eBook||English|New York University Press,|[2008]|viii, 197 pages ; 24.
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
external_econtent:ils:.b13011674 Available Online Available Online false true false false false true
series Religion race and ethnicity
series_with_volume Religion race and ethnicity|
title_display The Methodist unification : Christianity and the politics of the Jim Crow era
title_full The Methodist unification : Christianity and the politics of the Jim Crow era / Morris L. Davis
title_short The Methodist unification :
title_sub Christianity and the politics of the Jim Crow era