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

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Gerbner,Katharine Reid (Author)
Format:
Dissertation/Thesis
Publication Date:
2013
URL:
http://search.proquest.com.proxy2.library.illinois.edu/docview/1417073271/fulltextPDF/ECFFDD3EADEC4607PQ/1?accountid=14553
Published:
Massachusetts: Harvard University
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, History, Blacks, Slavery, Missions and missionaries, Religion, Protestant, Atlantic world
Notes:
257 p., 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.