Methodism and the Southern Mind, 1770-1810

Methodism and the Southern Mind, 1770-1810

Author: Cynthia Lynn Lyerly

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195114294

Category: Religion

Page: 262

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Early Methodism was a despised and outcast movement that attracted the least powerful members of Southern societyslaves, white women, poor and struggling white men - and invested them with a sense of worth and agency. Methodists created a public sphere where secular rankings, patriarchal order, and racial hierarchies were temporarily suspended. Because its members challenged Southern secular mores on so many levels, Methodism evoked intense opposition, especially from elite white men. Methodism and the Southern Mind analyzes the public denunciations, domestic assaults on Methodist women and children, and mob violence against black Methodists.