Logical Luther Lee And The Methodist War Against Slavery

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Luther Lee, D.D. (1800-1889), one of the founders of Wesleyan Methodism, was a nineteenth-century reformer and an ordained minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Lee is known to most Methodist historians as a Methodist Episcopal minister who deserted the church that had brought him to spiritual birth and ordination. Wesleyan Methodist church historians know him as the first president of their denomination, an editor of their periodical, and unfortunately, a traitor who betrayed and then subsequently walked away from the church he had helped to establish. His significance to American history has not heretofore been observed. This volume explores Lee's life, his politics, and his theology. One of the author's particular foci is the extent to which Lee affected the antislavery movement. Paul L. Kaufman places Lee within the broad context of nineteenth-century reformism as he battled the "gag rule" of the Methodist Episcopal bishops, and then shaped the Wesleyan Methodist Connection while he served on the highest levels of Garrison's American AntiSlavery Society. Of interest to students and teachers of Methodism, American history, and the abolitionist movement.

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Editorial Reviews

Ashland Theological Seminary
...there are two groups who should have particular interest in its contents: Methodists and students of the abolition movement in America... It is an outstanding book and deserves a wide readership.
Ohio History
Lee's story provides students of the Early National Period with a fresh example of the "New Man, The American" (p. 329).
Religious Studies Review
..succeeds so well in bringing out the inspirational quality of this fascinating man...recommend it to students of American antislavery of Methodism.
Methodist Reader
Kaufman shows the complexity of Methodist history... This is a well-written and researched addition to the Studies on Evangelicalism series...
Lee (1800-89) was an ordained minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church when he broke away to become one of the founders of Wesleyan Methodism. Eventually he walked away from that as well. Kaufman (history, Allegheny Wesleyan College, Salem, Ohio) explores his life, politics, and theology, focusing especially on the extent to which he impacted the antislavery movement. As both founder and betrayer, Lee remains an ambiguous figure in the church's history. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810837102
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Studies in Evangelicalism Series, #17
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Leslie Kaufman is Professor of History and Academic Dean at Allegheny Wesleyan College in Salem, Ohio, where he has taught since 1981. He also holds an adjunct professorship in Church history at Ashland Theological Seminary.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgments ix
Chronology xiii
Introduction 1
1. 1800-1826: Formative Years 9
2. 1827-1835: Learning to Debate 21
3. 1836-1837: Becoming an Abolitionist 49
4. 1838-1839: New York Antislavery Struggles 69
5. 1839-1843: Bay State Antislavery Battles 97
6. 1843-1852: Wesleyan Methodist Church Planter and Editor 117
7. 1852-1860: Pastor and Professor 161
8. 1860-1889: Return to the Methodist Episcopal Church 207
9. Conclusion 221
Bibliography 231
Index 265
About the Author 275
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