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.
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.
A will to choose; the origins of African American Methodism
Perhaps the only significant shortcoming in the book's construction is its emphasis on American Methodism
, presumably as representative of Protestant churches and the ways in which they grappled with both the social divisions and material changes brought about by the economic transition to modern capitalism.
Wigger's mentor, Nathan Hatch, who has called for greater scholarly attention to American Methodism
and whose Democratization of American Christianity provides the broad analytical framework for the book under review here.
Roberts was the primary founder of the Free Methodist Church in 1860, and his career represented a distinctive trajectory of the holiness movement that emerged out of American Methodism
in the mid-nineteenth century.
Mathews has given leadership to the global mission endeavor of American Methodism
Richey attributes a kind of pristine, Edenic innocence to the earliest American Methodism
As Dee Andrews has argued, American Methodism
, like the "emerging American democratic republic" itself, was a product "of disassociation from organic community, familial hierarchy, classical tradition, and the church and state connection.
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.