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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Clifford Putney; Paul T Burlin
|Description:||xxx, 349 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||The 1810 formation of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions / Douglas K. Showalter --
The great debate : the American Board and the doctrine of future probation / Sharon A. Taylor --
Commercial philanthropy : ABCFM missionaries and the American opium trade / Timothy Mason Roberts --
American Board schools in Turkey / Dorothy Birge Keller and Robert S. Keller --
Dr. Ruth A. Parmelee and the changing role of Near East missionaries in early twentieth century Turkey / Virginia A. Metaxas --
From brimstone to the World's Fair : a century of 'modern missions' as seen through the American Hume missionary family in Bombay / Alice C. Hunsberger --
David Abeel, missionary wanderer in China and Southeast Asia : with special emphasis on his visit with Walter Henry Medhurst in Batavia, January-June 1831 / Thomas G. Oey --
Japanese evangelists, American Board missionaries, and Protestant growth in early Meiji Japan : a case study of the Annaka Kyôkai / Hamish Ion --
Nellie J. Arnott, Angola mission teacher, and the culture of the ABCFM on its hundredth anniversary / Ann Ellis Pullen and Sarah Ruffing Robbins --
The International Institute in Spain : Alice Gordon Gulick and her legacy / Stephen K. Ault --
Early nineteenth century missionaries to Hawaiʻi and the salary dispute / Paul T. Burlin --
Titus Coan : 'apostle to the Sandwich Islands' / Donald Philip Corr --
Christianity builds a nest in Hawaiʻi / Regina Pfeiffer --
'We will banish the polluted thing from our houses' : missionaries, drinking, and temperance in the Sandwich Islands / Jennifer Fish Kashay --
Domesticity abroad : work and family in the Sandwich Islands Mission, 1820-1840 / Char Miller --
Afterword : for heaven's sake / Char Miller.
|Responsibility:||edited by Clifford Putney and Paul T. Burlin.|
"The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) was the country's first creator of overseas Christian missions. Founded in 1810 and supported by a coalition of Calvinist denominations, the ABCFM established the first American missions in India, China, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and many other places. It was America's largest missionary organization in the nineteenth century, and its influence was immense. Its missionaries established the first Western schools and hospitals in many parts of the world, and they successfully promoted women's rights and other ideals from the Enlightenment. They also transformed oral languages such as Zulu, Hawaiian, and Cherokee into written form, and they preserved many elements of premodern cultures (albeit not always intentionally). The contributors to this book provide valuable insights on the work of the ABCFM (which exists today under a different name). Some of the contributors profile the lives of notable ABCFM missionaries, others focus on ideological shifts within the Board, and still others chronicle the Board's role in historic events, including the Opium Wars, the colonization of Hawaiʼi, and the Armenian Genocide. From reading this book, people will come to understand why the ABCFM is widely viewed as America's most historically significant missionary organization"--P.  of cover.
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