Resources 

Select Bibliography of Secondary Sources on American
Women Evangelists and Preachers*

Alexander, Estrelda. Limited Liberty: The Legacy of Four Pentecostal Women Pioneers. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim, 2008.

Andrews, William L. Sisters Of The Spirit: Three Black Women’s Autobiographies of the Nineteenth Century. Bloomington: Indiana University, 1986.

Bacon, Margaret Hope. Mothers of Feminism: The Story of Quaker Women in America. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1986.

Bassard, Kathryn Clay. Spiritual Interrogations: Culture, Gender, and Community in Early African American Women’s Writing. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University, 1999.

Brekus, Catherine A. Strangers and Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America, 1740-1845. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 1998.

Bendroth, Margaret Lamberts. Fundamentalism and Gender, 1875 to the Present. New Haven, CT: Yale University, 1993.

Bendroth, Margaret Lamberts and Virginia Lieson Brereton, eds. Women and Twentieth-Century Protestantism. Urbana: University of Illinois, 2002.

Brasher, Brenda E. Godly Women: Fundamentalism and Female Power. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University, 1998.

Chilcote, Paul Wesley. John Wesley and the Women Preachers of Early Methodism. ATLA Monograph Series, No. 25. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1991.

Collier-Thomas, Bettye. Daughters of Thunder: Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons, 1850-1979. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1998.

Dayton, Donald and Lucille Sider Dayton. “‘Your Daughters Shall Prophesy’: Feminism in The Holiness Movement.” Methodist History 14 (January 1976): 67-92.

Douglass-Chin, Richard J. Preacher Woman Sings the Blues: The Autobiographies of Nineteenth-Century African American Evangelists. Columbia: University of Missouri, 2001.

Epstein, Barbara Leslie. The Politics of Domesticity: Women, Evangelism,and Temperance in Nineteenth-Century America. Middletown: Wesleyan University, 1981.

Flowers, Elizabeth Hill. Into the Pulpit: Southern Baptist Women and Power Since World War II. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2012.

Goff, James R. and Grant Wacker, eds. Portraits of a Generation: Early Pentecostal Leaders. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas, 2002.

Goode, Gloria Davis. “Preachers of the Word and Singers of the Gospel: The Ministry of Women Among Nineteenth-Century African-Americans.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 1990.

Grammer, Elizabeth Elkin. Some Wild Visions: Autobiographies by Female Itinerant Evangelists in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Oxford University, 2003.

Griffith, R. Marie and Barbara Dianne Savage. Women and Religion in the African Diaspora: Knowledge, Power, and Performance. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University, 2006.

Hamilton, Michael S. "Women, Public Ministry, and American Fundamentalism." Religion and American Culture 3 (Summer 1993): 171-96.

Hardesty, Nancy A. Women Called to Witness: Evangelical Feminism in the Nineteenth Century. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1984.

_____. Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Revivalism and Feminism in the Age of Finney. Brooklyn, NY: Carlson, 1991.

Hassey, Janette. No Time for Silence: Evangelical Women in Public Ministry Around the Turn of the Century. Grand Rapids, MI: Academic Books, 1986.

Haywood, Chanta. Prophesying Daughters: Black Women Preachers and the Word, 1823-1913. Columbia: University of Missouri, 2003.

Humez, Jean. “‘My Spirit Eye’: Some Functions of Spiritual and Visionary Experiences in the Lives of Five Black Women Preachers, 1810-1880.” In Women and the Structure of Society, eds. Barbara Harris and JoAnn McNamara, 129-43. Durham, NC: Duke University, 1984.

Hunter, Fannie McDowell, ed. Women Preachers. Dallas: Berachah Printing, 1905.

Ingersoll, Julie. Evangelical Christian Women: War Stores in the Gender Battles. New York: New York University, 2003.

Keller, Rosemary Skinner, ed. Spirituality and Social Responsibility: Vocational Vision of Women in The United Methodist Tradition. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1993.

_____. Women and Religion in America. 3 vols. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1981-86.

Keller, Rosemary Skinner and Rosemary Radford Ruether. In Our Own Voices: Four Centuries of American Women’s Religious Writing. Louisville: WJK, 1995.

Kennelly, Karen. American Catholic Women: A Historical Exploration. New York: Macmillan, 1989.

Lawless, Elaine J. Handmaidens of the Lord: Pentecostal Women Preachers and Traditional Religion. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1988.

Lindley, Susan Hill. “You Have Stept Out of Your Place”: A History of Women and Religion in America. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1996.

Loewenberg, Bert James and Ruth Bogin, eds., Black Women in Nineteenth-Century American Life: Their Words, Their Thoughts, Their Feelings. University Park: Pennsylvania State University, 1976.

Peterson, Carla L. “Doers of the Word”: African-American Speakers and Writers in the North.  New York: Oxford University, 1995.

Pope-Levison, Priscilla. “Revivalism” in Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America, eds. Rosemary Skinner Keller and Rosemary Radford Ruether (Bloomington: University of Indiana, 2006): 416-424.

______. Turn the Pulpit Loose: Two Centuries of American Women Evangelists. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Robert, Dana L. American Women in Mission: A Social History of Their Thought and Practice. Macon, GA: Mercer University, 1996.

Robinson, Thomas A. and Lanette D. Ruff. Out of the Mouths of Babes: Girl Evangelists in the Flapper Era. New York: Oxford University, 2012.

Schmidt, Jean Miller. Grace Sufficient: A History of Women in American Methodism, 1760-1939.  Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1999.

Smith, Timothy. Revivalism and Social Reform. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1957.

Stanley, Susie C. Holy Boldness: Women Preachers’ Autobiographies and the Sanctified Self. Knoxville: University of Tennessee, 2002.

Sweet, Leonard I. The Minister’s Wife: Her Role in Nineteenth-Century American Evangelicalism. Philadelphia: Temple University, 1983.

Taves, Ann. Fits, Trances, & Visions: Experiencing Religion and Explaining Experience from Wesley to James. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University, 1999.

Thomas, Hilah, Rosemary Skinner Keller and Louise L. Queen, eds. Women in New Worlds: Historical Perspectives on the Wesleyan Tradition. 2 vols. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1982.

Wacker, Grant. Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, 2001.

Warner, Laceye C. Saving Women: Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice. Waco, TX: Baylor University, 2007.

Weisenfeld, Judith and Richard Newman, eds. This Far By Faith: Readings in African-American Women’s Religious Biography. Columbia: University of South Carolina, 1996.

Zink-Sawyer, Beverly. From Preacher to Suffragists: Woman’s Rights and Religious Convictionin the Lives of Three Nineteenth-Century American Clergywomen. Louisville:  WJK, 2003.

 

*Bibliography pertaining to a specific woman evangelist is listed under her vignette.

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