"This is a valuable book, one that makes important contributions to our understanding of African-American religious experiences. It is the most thorough examination of African Methodism in Florida, one that is easy to read and useful to specialists." - American Historical Review
--American Historical Review

"An important case study, Laborers in the Vineyard merits the attention of students and scholars of African American religion." - Religious Studies Review
--Religious Studies Review

"An excellent, highly readable, and original history of the beginnings of the African Methodist Episcopal Church during the Reconstruction and its aftermath in Florida. One of the great strengths of this book is that it weaves intense internal AME church politics with broader political struggles for enfranchisement, equal treatment, and anti-lynching." - Choice Magazine

" Should be valued as a contribution to the literature of Florida studies as well as southern religious history".
--The Journal of Southern Religion Reviews

"A well-written study of the AME Church during the post-Civil War era. The authors make a significant contribution to our understanding of the leadership role played by prominent clergymen in Reconstruction politics." "A valuable work and essential for those who are interested in religious and political history."
--Gulf South Historical Review