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A separate Canaan : the making of an Afro-Moravian world in North Carolina, 1763-1840

Author: Jon F Sensbach
Publisher: Chapel Hill : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, ©1998.
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"In eighteenth-century North Carolina, German-speaking settlers from the Moravian Church founded a religious refuge - an ideal society, they hoped, whose blueprint for daily life was the Bible and whose Chief Elder was Christ himself. As the community grew, so did its demand for labor, and Moravians began buying slaves to help build and operate their farms, ships, and industries. The Moravian Brethren believed in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Sensbach, Jon F.
Separate Canaan.
Chapel Hill : Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, c1998
(OCoLC)605299662
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jon F Sensbach
ISBN: 0807823945 9780807823941 0807846988 9780807846988
OCLC Number: 37106982
Description: xxiii, 342 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Jon F. Sensbach.
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In colonial North Carolina, German-speaking settlers from the Moravian Church founded a religious refuge, a society they hoped would live by Biblical teachings. The Moravian Brethren bought slaves to  Read more...

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[A] valuable contribution for historians of African-Americans, religion, and colonial North America."Journal of Interdisciplinary History"

 
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