Perishing Heathens: Stories of Protestant Missionaries and Christian Indians in Antebellum America (Hardback)
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Perishing Heathens: Stories of Protestant Missionaries and Christian Indians in Antebellum America (Hardback)

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Hardback 276 Pages / Published: 01/10/2017
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In Perishing Heathens Julius H. Rubin tells the stories of missionary men and women who between 1800 and 1830 responded to the call to save Native peoples through missions, especially the Osages in the Arkansas Territory, Cherokees in Tennessee and Georgia, and Ojibwe peoples in the Michigan Territory. Rubin also recounts the lives of Native converts, many of whom were from mixed-blood metis families and were attracted to the benefits of education, literacy, and conversion.

During the Second Great Awakening, Protestant denominations embraced a complex set of values, ideas, and institutions known as "the missionary spirit." These missionaries fervently believed they would build the kingdom of God in America by converting Native Americans in the Trans-Appalachian and Trans-Mississippi West. Perishing Heathens explores the theology and institutions that characterized the missionary spirit and the early missions such as the Union Mission to the Osages, and the Brainerd Mission to the Cherokees, and the Moravian Springplace Mission to the Cherokees.

Through a magnificent array of primary sources, Perishing Heathens reconstructs the millennial ideals of fervent true believers as they confronted a host of impediments to success: endemic malaria and infectious illness, Native resistance to the gospel message, and intertribal warfare in the context of the removal of eastern tribes to the Indian frontier.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9781496201874
Number of pages: 276
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"This book is built on an incredible range of sources, and Rubin's theoretical treatment of conversion is both welcome and excellently done. A must read for those interested in the religious dimensions of Indian politics in the early 19th century."-A. R. McKee, CHOICE -- A. R. McKee * CHOICE *
"Utilizing powerful storytelling, Julius Rubin tells the story of Christian Protestant missionaries and those they sought to convert among Native Americans. . . . As Rubin explores the relationship between native peoples and those who sought to convert them, he shows that issues of fear and power were at play, as the United States seized land and control and missionaries demonstrated a lack of theological understanding of the purpose of their work."-Teer Hardy, Reading Religion -- Teer Hardy * Reading Religion *
"In Perishing Heathens: Stories of Protestant Missionaries and Christian Indians in Antebellum America Julius Rubin holds a magnifying glass up to the lives of early settler evangelicals and Native American converts. As a historical sociologist, Rubin explores individuals, both Native and non-native, many of whom are underrepresented in the historical record."-Rachel R. Luckenbill, Transmotion -- Rachel R. Luckenbill * Transmotion *
"Rubin provides a clear account of antebellum evangelical Protestant culture that demanded the salvation of the "perishing heathens.""-Linda M. Clemmons, Church History -- Linda M. Clemmons * Church History *
"Perishing Heathens breaks ground in American religious and cultural history and in postcolonial studies. Rubin's dual focus on missionaries and Christianized Indians of the early republic reconsiders the impact of evangelical Protestantism on individuals-Native, mixed, or white-and recasts the old binaries between indigenous and settler, colonized and colonizers."-Jennifer Snead, associate professor of English at Texas Tech University and editor of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
-- Jennifer Snead
"I found this book to be a valuable source on this important period and a thought-provoking treatment of this very challenging subject."-Kathleen Bragdon, author of The Columbia Guide to American Indians of the Northeast
-- Kathleen Bragdon

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