A Will to Choose surveys the first century of African American Methodism from its emergence in the 1860s through the changes wrought by the Civil War. From the beginning of Methodism in the United States, African Americans appropriated Methodism, helped transform it from a revitalization movement into an evangelical church, and integrated it into their struggle for liberation and wholeness.
J. Gordon Melton is the director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion in Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the Encyclopedia of American Religions, American Religion: An Illustrated History, Encyclopedia of Protestantism, and the Encyclopedia of African American Religion.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Anthony's Legacy Chapter 3 African American Methodism's Beginnings Chapter 4 Emerging Centers of Black Methodism: Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Wilmington Chapter 5 Emerging Centers of Black Methodism: Philadelphia, New York City, and Brooklyn Chapter 6 African Methodism Away from the Cities Chapter 7 The Push into the South Chapter 8 Women-the New Force in Church Life Chapter 9 Toward Emancipation Chapter 10 Emancipation and Its Transitions