Methodists, Politics, and the Coming of the American Civil War

  title={Methodists, Politics, and the Coming of the American Civil War},
  author={Richard J. Carwardine},
  journal={Church History},
  pages={578 - 609}
In 1868 Ulysses S. Grant remarked that there were three great parties in the United States: the Republican, the Democratic, and the Methodist Church. This was an understandable tribute, given the active role of leading Methodists in his presidential campaign, but it was also a realistic judgment, when set in the context of the denomination's growing political authority over the previous half century. As early as 1819, when, with a quarter of a million members, “the Methodists were becoming… 

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