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To Live Upon Hope: Mohicans and Missionaries in the Eighteenth-Century Northeast
Two Northeast Indian communities with similar histories of colonization accepted Congregational and Moravian missionaries, respectively, within five years of one another: the Mohicans of Stockbridge, Massachusetts (1735), and Shekomeko, in Dutchess County, New York (1740). In To Live upon Hope, Rachel Wheeler explores the question of what "missionary Christianity" became ...more
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Cornell University Press
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Wheeler looks at two communities of European missionaries to the Native Americans. The missions were nearby spacially and temporally, so it's a good comparison. She's attentive to the problems inherent in her sources. She does a good job depicting how native americans were effected by these interactions, but pays less attention to how the missionaries themselves (including Jonathan Edwards) were effected. She also depicts life in the Moravian mission in a romantic way. Overall a really ...more