[Read] ➼ The Poor Indians: British Missionaries, Native Americans, and Colonial Sensibility (Early American Studies) ➹ Laura M. Stevens – Pdfr25.co



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    The subtitle should read Missionaries and Colonial Sensibility since Stevens work does exactly what she claims missionary writings did leave actual Indian voices out Which is ok, since she wasn t trying to present a balanced portrait of seventeenth and eighteenth century Indian missions Rather, her focus was on the missionary networks of various British organizations The history of missionary networks is not a hot topic among most people Few care about how eighteenth century missionaries portrayed their potential converts to the laity, their religious, cultural, and imperial goals, or their constant need for funding sound familiar And yet, these are among the most important questions we ask about businesses, religious or otherwise, today For that reason alone her questions are valuable.Her answers, however, are targeted at fewer of us If you re looking for an overview of eighteenth century British missionary societies, this is a fine book to start with If you re looking for in depth information on them, her footnotes are fantastic But beware this is a book about missionary networks, not converts Indians have no place in her story Unfortunately, that s an accurate reflection of many of the eighteenth century missionary writings Stevens studied.


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The Poor Indians: British Missionaries, Native Americans, and Colonial Sensibility (Early American Studies) Between The English Civil War Of And The American Revolution, Countless British Missionaries Announced Their Intention To Spread The Gospel Among The Native North American Population Despite The Scope Of Their Endeavors, They Converted Only A Handful Of American Indians To Christianity Their Attempts To Secure Moral And Financial Support At Home Proved Much SuccessfulIn The Poor Indians, Laura Stevens Delves Deeply Into The Language And Ideology British Missionaries Used To Gain Support, And She Examines Their Wider Cultural Significance Invoking Pity And Compassion For The Poor Indian A Purely Fictional Construct British Missionaries Used The Black Legend Of Cruelties Perpetrated By Spanish Conquistadors To Contrast Their Own Projects With Those Of Catholic Missionaries, Whose Methods Were Often Brutal And Deceitful They Also Tapped Into A Remarkably Effective Means Of Swaying British Christians By Connecting The Latter S Feelings Of Religious Superiority With Moral Obligation Describing Mission Work Through Metaphors Of Commerce, Missionaries Asked Their Readers In England To Invest, Financially And Emotionally, In The Cultivation Of Indian Souls As They Saved Indians From Afar, Supporters Renewed Their Own Faith, Strengthened The Empire Against The Corrosive Effects Of Paganism, And Invested In British Christianity With Philanthropic Fervor The Poor Indians Thus Uncovers The Importance Of Religious Feeling And Commercial Metaphor In Strengthening Imperial Identity And Colonial Ties, And It Shows How Missionary Writings Helped Fashion British Subjects Who Were Self Consciously Transatlantic And Imperial Because They Were Religious, Sentimental, And Actively Charitable