Part 1 - Methodist Church Splits over Slavery: 1843, 1844
1843 - Wesleyan Methodist Church separates from Methodist Episcopal Church
1844 - The Methodist Episcopal Church splits into:
The Methodist Episcopal Church (North), and The Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
John Wesley advocated for freedom from slavery to William Wilberforce, who was a member of the English Parliament.
"The churches divided over the issue of slavery. American Methodists at first followed John Wesley's strong anti-slavery stance, denouncing participation in the slave trade and slaveholding, but later they yielded to economic and political pressures."
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