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The baptism of early Virginia : how Christianity created race

Author: Rebecca Anne Goetz
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2012.
Series: Early America.
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In The Baptism of Early Virginia, Rebecca Anne Goetz examines the construction of race through the religious beliefs and practices of English Virginians. She finds the seventeenth century a critical time in the development and articulation of racial ideologies - ultimately in the idea of "hereditary heathenism," the notion that Africans and Indians were incapable of genuine Christian conversion. In Virginia in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Anne Goetz
ISBN: 9781421407005 1421407000 9781421419817 1421419815
OCLC Number: 775590840
Description: xiii, 223 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Potential Christians and hereditary heathens in Virginia --
English Christians among the Blackest nations --
The rise and the fall of the Anglo-Indian Christian commonwealth --
Faith in the blood --
Baptism and the birth of race --
Becoming Christian, Becoming white --
The children of Israel --
Epilogue: Christian abolitionism and proslavery Christianity.
Series Title: Early America.
Responsibility: Rebecca Anne Goetz.

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Using court records, letters, and pamphlets, Goetz suggests new ways of approaching and understanding the deeply entwined relationship between Christianity and race in early America.  Read more...

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