Published Works

The Genius and Theory of Methodist Polity, or the Machinery of Methodism

Title page of Bishop Henry McNeal's The Genius and Theory of Methodist Polity, or the Machinery of Methodism (1885). Image Courtesy of Documenting the American South

Bishop Turner was a prolific author who extensively published in both the religious and secular press. Responding to regional differences, Turner founded the Southern Recorder in 1888, the Voice of Missions in 1892, and the Voice of the People in 1901. The last two were devoted to mission work. Turner also published a catechism, a hymnal, and a book entitled, The Genius and Theory of Methodist Polity (1885). 

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Title page of The Black Side

Title page of The Black Side (1894) by Bishop Henry McNeal Turner. Image Courtesy of











The Black Side: A Partial History of the Business, Religious and Educational Side of the Negro in Atlanta, Georgia was published by 1894. The book is a micro history of Black life in Atlanta, Georgia. Bishop Turner, who lived in Atlanta for several years, wrote the introduction.

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African Letters

Cover Page of African Letters (1893). Image Courtesy of Documenting the American South

The first time Turner travelled to Africa, he maintained correspondence with the AME Church's print organ, The Christian Recorder. His series of letters were very popular. When he returned, he published the collection in a pamphlet called African Letters in 1893. Because Turner’s publications were so popular, the AME Church's publishing house, the Book Concern had a hard time keeping them stocked. 


CIVIL RIGHTS. <br /><br />
BLACK MAN. <br /><br />

Title page of Civil Rights (1883). Image Courtesy of Documenting the American South

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Reconstruction-era civil rights laws in 1883, Turner issued a blistering attack printed in a text entitled The Barbarous Decision of the Supreme Court. It was later revised as The Black Man's Doom in 1896.