Native Apostles: Review of New Book at The Junto



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Paul Harvey

 The blog is a little quiet presently while so many contributors were at the AAR, returning home now, traveling, or entering holiday breaks, but this is a good time to point you to an extensive review of an important new book that we've been meaning to get to here at RiAH.

 Click here for Christopher Jones's review of Edward E. Andrews, Native Apostles: Black and Indian Missionaries in the British Atlantic World (Harvard University Press, 2013), just up at The Junto.

A little excerpt:

Native ApostlesI found myself repeatedly comparing his book to Catherine Brekus’s earlier work on female preachers in 18th and 19th century America.[3] What Strangers and Pilgrims did for female preachers, Edward Andrews has done for preachers of color in the 17th and 18thcentury British Atlantic World. Not only were there many more such preachers than we previously knew of (an appendix lists nearly 300, identified by name, time, location, and denomination), but we now better understand the vital role they played in not only the spread of Protestantism but also the complex cultural exchanges between Europe, Native America, and Africa.


One footnote in the review bears mention here, too, as it usefully links to so many recent works that this new book builds upon:

Andrews’s book is part of a more recent body of work that attempts to reorient our understanding of the intersections of religion, race, and empire. His work stands alongside and builds on that of David SilvermanLinford Fisher,  Travis GlassonJohn SaillantJoanna BrooksTy ReseErik SeemanJon Sensbach, and Elizabeth Elbourne, among many others.

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