ERIC Number: EJ821033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
The Methodist Episcopal Church and the Education of African Americans after the Civil War
Butner, Bonita K.
Christian Higher Education, v4 n4 p265-276 Oct 2005
Religious denominations have a long history of benevolent outreach to individuals considered "less fortunate." The institution of slavery in the United States created an opportunity for most denominations in the North to advance an image of "patron saint" to an oppressed African American community. Immediately following the Civil War, the church became a significant conduit for the education of African Americans. In particular, the Methodist Episcopal Church established a number of schools throughout the South that provided both rudimentary and, ultimately, college-level coursework for the newly freed slaves. This article examines the college curriculum of one Methodist-affiliated institution and how it was shaped by the interaction of social and religious ideas of the day.
Descriptors: African American Education, Educational History, Christianity, Church Related Colleges, College Curriculum, Black Colleges, Church Role, Social Influences, Religious Factors
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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