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The Gospel of Gentility: American Women Missionaries in Turn-of-the-Century China

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At the turn of the century, women represented over half of the American foreign mission force and had settled in heathen China to preach the lessons of Christian domesticity. In this engrossing narrative, Jane Hunter uses diaries, reminiscences, and letters to recreate the backgrounds of the missionaries and the problems and satisfactions they found in China. Her book offe ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published September 10th 1989 by Yale University Press (first published July 1st 1984)
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Heidi
I got interested in 19th century missionaries to China and found this book on Amazon. I think missionaries have gotten a bad rap and I'm interested in learning more about these people who were brave enough to leave home, trying to make the world a better place -- or so they thought, inspired by their faith and beliefs or just their sense that they had something to offer. Are they not precursors to the Peace Corps?

Hunter read the letters and papers of several particular women for her dissertation
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