Christopher Jones

JonesI am a historian of religion, race, and slavery in the early American republic and the Atlantic World. I completed a PhD in early American history from the College of William and Mary in 2016, and currently teach in the history department at Brigham Young University.

My book project, “Methodism, Slavery, and Freedom in the Revolutionary Atlantic World,” is the first book-length study to analyze Methodist growth and development throughout the Atlantic World. Well known as one of the most successful evangelical churches in the early American republic, the movement begun by John Wesley also attracted hundreds of thousands of converts in Great Britain and its disparate Atlantic colonies in Canada, the Caribbean, and West Africa. Focusing on the relationships between Methodists across racial, political, and social lines, the project traces the expansion of the movement and the ties that united and ultimately divided them from one another.

In addition to my occasional contributions here at The Junto, I blog at Religion in American History and have contributed to multiple digital history projects, including The American Yawp: A Free and Online, Collaboratively Built American Textbook, The American Converts Database, and the Transcribing Early American Manuscript Sermons project, where I am a founding editor.

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