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Fellowship of Love: Methodist Women Changing American Racial Attitudes, 1920-1968

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With a historian's precision and a passion for social justice, Alice Knotts shows in this book how the activities of the Methodist women's movement for civil rights developed decade by decade. Their activities were rarely in the public eye, yet they were shaping and being shaped by events and public opinion.

An astute and insightful history, Fellowship of Love documents the contributions of white Methodist women in the American civil rights struggle. The research for this volume...

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Overview

With a historian's precision and a passion for social justice, Alice Knotts shows in this book how the activities of the Methodist women's movement for civil rights developed decade by decade. Their activities were rarely in the public eye, yet they were shaping and being shaped by events and public opinion.

An astute and insightful history, Fellowship of Love documents the contributions of white Methodist women in the American civil rights struggle. The research for this volume has won the Jessie Lee Prize from the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church. It documents in one volume otherwise disparate information important to understanding the contributions of women in the Methodist Church to race struggles in 20th-century America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687027194
  • Publisher: Kingswood Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice G. Knotts earned her Ph.D. from Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver. She currently works for Shalom Ministries in Portland, Oregon (1996).
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations 11
Preface 13
Introduction 17
Ch. 1 Ingredients for a Civil Rights Movement: A National Church, an Autonomous Agency, and Discrimination 27
Ch. 2 The 1920s: Interracial Cooperation 39
Ch. 3 The Early 1930s: Concern for Fairness 59
Ch. 4 The Later 1930s: A Multifaceted Movement Emerges 73
Ch. 5 Interracial Leadership for The Methodist Church 85
Ch. 6 These Are the Women: Profiles of Woman's Division Leaders 95
Ch. 7 The Context of the 1940s: Social and Religious Forces Combine 119
Ch. 8 The Early 1940s: Toward a New Social Order 139
Ch. 9 The Later 1940s: Launching the Campaign to End Racial Discrimination 155
Ch. 10 The Context of the 1950s: Changing Attitudes 177
Ch. 11 The 1950s: Methodist Women Covenant to End Segregation 195
Ch. 12 Desegregating Society in the 1960s: Not Fast Enough Nor Far Enough! 217
Ch. 13 Desegregating The Methodist Church: We Must Act Together - But We Must Act! 239
Ch. 14 Fellowship of Love: Lessons from the Journey 259
App. A Report of the Study Group on Unification of the Woman's Missionary Council, 1937 265
App. B Charter of Racial Policies - 1952 267
App. C A Response to Criticism of School Desegregation 269
App. D Statement on School Integration, September, 1958 271
App. E A Charter of Racial Policies - 1962 273
Notes 275
Bibliography 309
Index 329
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