Methodism and the Southern Mind, 1770-1810

Methodism and the Southern Mind, 1770-1810

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This book looks at the role of Methodism in the Revolutionary and early national South. When the Methodists first arrived in the South, Lyerly argues, they were critics of the social order. By advocating values traditionally deemed "feminine", treating white women and African Americans with considerable equality, and preaching against wealth and slavery, Methodism challenged Southern secular mores. For this reason, Methodism evoked sustained opposition, especially from elite white men. Lyerly analyses the public denunciations, domestic assaults on Methodist women and children, and mob violence against black Methodists. These attacks, Lyerly argues, served to bind Methodists more closely to one another; they were sustained by the belief that suffering was salutary and that persecution was a mark of true faith.
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  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 160 x 235.7 x 22.6mm | 580.61g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195114299
  • 9780195114294

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As Cynthia Lyerly so eloquently relates in her splendid study, the expansion of the Methodist faith... had crucial implications for gender relations in the early National South... The story that Lyerly tells in what is the first modern study of Methodism in the Revolutionary and early national South, focuses on the frustration of women's and enslaved people's struggle to assert themselves: to have their voices heard... Lyerly's thoroughly researched and eminently
readable book sheds entirely new light on the racial, class and gender dimension of Methodism in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century American South. Most deservedly, it will remain the standard work on the subject for many years to come. * Betty Wood, Ecclesiastical History Vol.51 No.1 *
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