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Author Murray, Peter C., 1953-

Title Methodists and the crucible of race, 1930-1975 / Peter C. Murray
Published Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©2004


Description 1 online resource (xix, 266 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents "In Christ there is no east or west" -- Jim Crow church -- Methodists before and after Brown -- The origins of voluntarism in the Methodist Church -- The central jurisdiction speaks -- Open the church doors! -- The end of the central jurisdiction -- "Blest be the tie that binds" -- "And are we yet alive?"
Summary "In Methodists and the Crucible of Race, 1930-1975, Peter C. Murray contributes to the history of American Christianity and the Civil Rights movement by examining a national institution--the Methodist Church (after 1968 the United Methodist Church) --and how it dealt with the racial conflict centered in the South. Murray begins his study by tracing American Methodism from its beginnings to the secession of many African Americans from the church and the establishment of separate northern and southern denominations in the nineteenth century. He then details the reconciliation and compromise of many of these segments in 1939 that led to the unification of the church. This compromise created the racially segregated church that Methodists struggled to eliminate over the next thirty years. During the Civil Rights movement, American churches confronted issues of racism that they had previously ignored. No church experienced this confrontation more sharply than the Methodist Church. When Methodists reunited their northern and southern halves in 1939, their new church constitution created a segregated church structure that posed significant issues for Methodists during the Civil Rights movement. Of the six jurisdictional conferences that made up the Methodist Church, only one was not based on a geographic region: the Central Jurisdiction, a separate conference for "all Negro annual conferences." This Jim Crow arrangement humiliated African American Methodists and embarrassed their liberal white allies within the church. The Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision awakened many white Methodists from their complacent belief that the church could conform to the norms of the South without consequences among its national membership. Murray places the struggle of the Methodist Church within the broader context of the history of race relations in the United States. He shows how the effort to destroy the barriers in the church were mirrored in the work being done by society to end segregation. Immensely readable and free of jargon, Methodists and the Crucible of Race, 1930-1975, will be of interest to a broad audience, including those interested in the Civil Rights movement and American church history."--Publishers website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-252) and index
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Subject Methodist Church (U.S.) -- History -- 20th century
Methodist Church (U.S.). Central Jurisdiction -- History
SUBJECT Methodist Church (U.S.) fast (OCoLC)fst00541690
Methodist Church (U.S.). Central Jurisdiction. fast (OCoLC)fst00670752
Methodist Church USA gnd
Subject African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century
African American Methodists -- History -- 20th century
Racism -- Religious aspects -- Methodists -- History -- 20th century
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Methodist.
African American Methodists.
African Americans -- Civil rights.
Civil rights movements.
Race relations.
Racism -- Religious aspects -- Methodists.
Ethnische Beziehungen
Noirs américains -- Droits -- 20e siècle.
Ligues des droits de l'homme -- États-Unis -- 20e siècle.
Méthodistes noirs américains -- 20e siècle.
Methodist Church -- 20e siècle.
Racisme -- Aspect religieux Methodist Church -- 20e siècle.
SUBJECT United States -- Race relations.
Southern States -- Race relations
Subject Southern States.
United States.
États-Unis -- Relations interethniques -- 20e siècle.
États-Unis (sud) -- Relations interethniques.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0826262473