publication . Doctoral thesis . 2013

Christian Slavery: Protestant Missions and Slave Conversion in the Atlantic World, 1660-1760

Gerbner, Katharine Reid;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
  • Publisher: Harvard University
  • Country: United States
"Christian Slavery" shows how Protestant missionaries in the early modern Atlantic World developed a new vision for slavery that integrated Christianity with human bondage. Quaker, Anglican, and Moravian missionaries arrived in the Caribbean intending to "convert" enslaved Africans to Christianity, but their actions formed only one part of a dialogue that engaged ideas about family, kinship, sex, and language. Enslaved people perceived these newcomers alternately as advocates, enemies, interlopers, and powerful spiritual practitioners, and they sought to utilize their presence for pragmatic, political, and religious reasons. Protestant slave owners fiercely guar...
free text keywords: History, Religion, Religious history, Atlantic, Caribbean, Conversion, Mission, Protestant, Slavery
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