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John Wesley and Methodist Responses to Slavery in America

Authors
  • Morris-Chapman, Daniel J Pratt
Type
Published Article
Journal
Holiness
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Jun 16, 2020
Volume
5
Issue
1
Pages
37–58
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/holiness-2019-0003
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

John Wesley considered the slave trade to be a national disgrace. However, while the American Methodist Church had initially made bold declarations concerning the evils of slavery, the practical application of this principled opposition was seriously compromised, obstructed by the leviathan of the plantation economy prominent in this period of American history. This paper surveys a variety of Methodist responses to slavery and race, exploring the dialectical germination of ideas like holiness, liberty and equality within the realities of the Antebellum context.

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