Jennifer Hull Dorsey

in Hirelings

Published by Cornell University Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780801447785
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780801460678

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This chapter focuses on the African Methodist Episcopal Church and its meaning for free men and women in rural Maryland. Founded in 1816 by Reverend Richard Allen in collaboration with other African American Christians from across the Middle Atlantic states, the AME Church on the Eastern Shore expressed the values, culture, and experience of a distinct group of free African Americans while reinforcing their membership in a regional community. This chapter examines how the AME Church gained worship communities on the Eastern Shore through evangelism and how Methodism, along with Catholics and Quakers, contributed to the religious education of African Americans. It also considers the AME Church's denunciation of slavery and concludes with a discussion of the role played by the men and women who participated in rural prayer classes in propagating the AME mission.

Keywords: religious education; African Methodist Episcopal Church; Maryland; Richard Allen; Eastern Shore; free African Americans; Methodism; slavery; prayer classes

Chapter.  6748 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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