Nov. 15 Boston Seminar on African American History

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Boston Seminar on African American History at the Massachusetts Historical Society


Thursday, November 15, 2018, 5:15 PM


Christina Davidson, Harvard University

An “Organic Union”: Ecclesiastical Imperialism and Caribbean Missions

Comment: Greg Childs, Brandeis University


In 1880, hundreds of black clergy and lay delegates of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) gathered to discuss reunion with the British Methodist Episcopal Church of Canada. Factions within both denominations disputed the nature and procedure of the proposed organic union. This paper argues that the organic union debate was in fact crucial to AME expansion and the development of foreign missions in Haiti and the broader Caribbean.


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As in the past, the essays are available to subscribers as PDFs through the seminar’s webpage, Subscribe to the 2018-2019 series online via this page. A $25 subscription allows access to the full series of papers for the year, as well as the papers for the Boston Area Seminar on Early American History, the Boston Seminar on Environmental History, and the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture. Papers are posted a few weeks before the session; the Nov. 15 paper is now online.


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