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"White" Americans in "Black" Africa : Black and White American Methodist missionaries in Liberia, 1820-1875 /
Eunjin Park.
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New York : Routledge, 2001.
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xxiv, 244 p. : ill. maps.
ISBN
0815340273
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New York : Routledge, 2001.
isbn
0815340273
catalogue key
4608946
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-07-01:
Park has written an important and highly informative study of black and white American Methodist missionaries in Liberia in the 19th century. By focusing on their interactions and the political maneuverings of the Methodist Board of Missions, Park has developed a unique and original focus. She argues that the Methodists' Liberia Mission eventually failed as a result of several factors: the climate and diseases, especially malaria, which made it difficult for white missionaries to adjust; deeply held native cultural traditions such as polygamy and the payment of bribes, or "dash"; the contrast between financial support from the US for white missionaries and the entrepreneurial style developed by the black settler missionaries; the mistrust and undercurrent of racial conflict that developed between white supervisors of the mission and black missionaries; and the politics of the Mission Board, which did not support attempts at autonomy by black Americans. Although it still bears the marks of a dissertation, the book is well written. It includes an extensive bibliography and appendixes that contain useful demographic information about the missionaries. Highly recommended for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and specialists in the field. L. H. Mamiya Vassar College
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Park explores the experience of 73 black and 24 white Americans who served as missionaries of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the colony-turned-republic of Liberia prior to 1875. He traces their social background, motivations, mind and work.
Main Description
Dr. Park explores the experience of 73 black and 24 white Americans who served as missionaries of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the colony-turned-republic of Liberia prior to 1875. Tracing their social background, motivations, minds, and work, this book contributes to restoring the first generation of missionaries to their rightful place in history providing a fuller understanding of the early American Protestant missionary enterprise. A rich and original study, this compelling book brings to light a disillusioned experiment of biracial missionary labors that were expected to carry the beliefs and cultural values of 19th century white Americans to the black continent of Africa.
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This compelling book brings to light a disillusioned experiment of biracial missionary labours that were expected to carry the beliefs and cultural values of nineteenth century white Americans to the black continent of Africa.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
List of Illustrations and Maps
Introduction
Origins of The Liberia Mission
The Rise of Missionary Spirit and Organizations
The African Colonization Movement
Organization of the Biracial Missionary Work Force
Missionary Backgrounds and Motivations
Qualifications
Regional Origins
Family
Mentalities and Motivations
Native African Missions
Optimistic Expectations
Mission Programs
Sources of Failure: Native African Factors
Problems of Missionary Work Force: Biracial Era
Ineffectiveness of White Missionary Labors
Secularization of Black Missionaries
White Superintendency in Conflict: The Case of John Seys
The Failed Experiment of Black Autonomy, 1849-1875
Institutional Evolution of Black Self-Administration
Training for Self-Government
Reality of "Independence
Conclusion
Bibliography
Appendix ici White Methodists missionaries and their wives in Liberia, 1833-1865 B. Black Methodists settler-missionaries in Liberia, 1820-1875
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