Payne Theological Seminary has a helpful guide to beginning research on the southern A.M.E. church.
Historian Dr. David Rotenstein wrote a series of blog posts about the history and destruction of Antioch A.M.E. church in Decatur, Georgia, in 2014. (The church moved to Stone Mountain, Georgia, in 1996.)
Selected sources on the history of the A.M.E. Church and African American religion
- Angell, Stephen W.
andAnthony B. Pinn. Social Protest Thought in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1862-1939. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2000.
- Bailey, Julius H. Around the Family Altar: Domesticity in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1865-1900. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2005.
- Campbell, James T. Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and South Africa, rev. ed. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1998.
- Harvey, Paul. Through the Storm, Through the Night: A History of African American Christianity. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2011.
- Harvey, Paul. Freedom’s Coming: Religious Culture and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2012.
- Little, Lawrence S. Disciples of Liberty: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Age of Imperialism, 1884-1916. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2000.
- Montgomery, William. Under Their Own Vine and Fig Tree: The African-American Church in the South, 1865-1900. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1993.
- Payne, Daniel Alexander. History of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Nashville: Publishing House of the A.M.E. Sunday School Union, 1891. Read in full via the UNC Documenting the American South digital collection.
- Raboteau, Albert J. Canaan Land: A Religious History of African Americans. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
- Walker, Clarence. A Rock in a Weary Land: The African Methodist Episcopal Church during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1982.