One reason is that scholars of American Methodism have concentrated most of their attention on the early period--from the founding of American Methodism in the late eighteenth century up through the Civil War.
Press, 1989), and Russell Richey, Early American Methodism (Bloomington: Indiana Univ.
After the Revolution, American Methodism
grew at a dizzying rate.
20) For works on Francis Asbury and early American Methodism
, see Frank Baker, From Wesley to Asbury: Studies in Early American Methodism
Part I, the book's longest, seeks to uncover the origins of American Methodism
and to do so begins with the movement's history in Britain.
Most writing on African American Methodism
focuses on individual denominations, with the largest of the independent black Methodist denominations, the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, garnering the most attention of all.
One of the difficulties with sectarian holiness movements coming out of American Methodism
was their inability to sustain the tension between personal salvation with John Wesley's stress on social holiness.
Hatch, "The Puzzle of American Methodism
," in Methodism and the Shaping of American Culture, ed.
Similarly, leaders of mission-founded churches found a catalyst in revivalist American Methodism
, but in the vigils they discovered an indigenous means of revival.
While the title might suggest a book of interest only to those seeking a better understanding of American Methodism
, this book contributes much to many fields.
Furthermore, a book that is supposed to focus on Methodist history, really deals with American Methodism
and almost entirely neglects British work.
To date, there is no fuller or more evenhanded guide to the origins of American Methodism
in the mid-Atlantic, including its embattled relationship with its British parent and its many near-escapes from being strangled in infancy by sneering Anglicans, rebel partisans, queasy slaveholders, outraged patriarchs, and even some of its own charismatic preachers.
Responding to Melle's Oxford speech, an editorial in The Methodist Times and Leader declared its "profound regret that an accredited representative of American Methodism
should have sought to borrow the influence of his great church for the furtherance of one of the most cruel persecutions in the history of Christendom.
It begins, as does volume 1, with an essay relating Wesley, and in this case his theology, to American Methodism
It is a commonplace that early American Methodism
comprised to a very large extent the poor, the powerless, and the socially despised, both black and white.