By Gordon J. Melton

A Will to Choose lines the background of African-American Methodism starting with their emergence within the fledgling American Methodist move within the 1760s. Responding to Methodism's anti-slavery stance, African-Americans joined the recent circulation in huge numbers and via the top of the eighteenth century, had made up the most important minority within the Methodist church, filling positions of authority as classification leaders, exhorters, and preachers. during the first half the 19th century, African americans used the assets of the church of their fight for liberation from slavery and racism within the secular culture.

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