Northern Methodism and Reconstruction

Northern Methodism and Reconstruction

Northern Methodism and Reconstruction

Northern Methodism and Reconstruction

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Such expert analysts of the domestic scene as Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun saw in the sectional division of American Methodism the omen of a malign fate for the nation. Equally keen observers in the age of Reconstruction believed that a truly national Methodist church would be one of the foundation stones of a restored Union. It is the design of this study to recount the manner in which the Methodists of the Northern states met the responsibilities laid on them by Reconstruction. Specifically, I have tried to do three things: first, to trace out the expansion of Northern Methodism into the South; second, to isolate the main problems arising from the Church's decision to move southward, and to explain how those problems were dealt with; third, to relate Methodist activity to the political and social background of the post bellum age. Others will doubtless enjoy pointing out where my performance has fallen short of my intentions. Nowhere have I attempted to erect an elaborate hypothesis by which the different phases of Methodist endeavor can be explained. To have done so world have added another volume to the redundant literature of religious controversy.

Like all historical productions, this one is essentially cooperative. The dedication acknowledges a debt that ranges from research to final proofing. To Chase C. Mooney of Indiana University, under whose direction my investigation began, I am grateful for a model of scholarship, wise counsel, and friendly encouragement. Many persons helped to unearth the raw materials of historical writing or lent enlightenment about obscure matters of fact. That individuals in neither of these categories are singled out for mention is merely a gesture to the patience of those who might take time to read this preface. The receipt of the Baruch Award for 1954 from the United Daughters of the Confederacy greatly facilitated the publication of the manu-

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