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The Devil's LaneSex and Race in the Early South$
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Catherine Clinton and Michele Gillespie

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195112436

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112436.001.0001

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“For Their Satisfaction or Redress” African Americans and Church Discipline in the Early South

“For Their Satisfaction or Redress” African Americans and Church Discipline in the Early South

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(p.109) 8 “For Their Satisfaction or Redress” African Americans and Church Discipline in the Early South
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The Devil's Lane
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Betty Wood

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112436.003.0008

This chapter explores the case of Reverend John Chalmers, a white preacher of a bi-racial Methodist congregation in Annapolis. His case was initiated by two enslaved women members of his congregation, who alleged that their minister had made unacceptable sexual advances toward them. It notes that the rights claimed by Afro-Baptists and Methodists to use the disciplinary structures of their churches for their own reasons and purposes, “was not simply an abstract right.” Among the rights claimed by Afro-Baptists and Methodists were the demands for the right to an equality of respect from their coreligionists and the right to protection against any form of abuse, be it verbal, physical, or emotional, perpetrated against them by any other of their fellow church members. The chapter explains that Afro-Baptists and Methodists employed the disciplinary mechanisms of their churches to articulate publicly their understanding of their rights as Christians.

Keywords:   African Americans, church discipline, Afro-Baptists, Afro-Methodists, Christians, r ights, church members

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