The baptism of early Virginia : how Christianity created race (Book, 2012) []
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The baptism of early Virginia : how Christianity created race

The baptism of early Virginia : how Christianity created race

Author: Rebecca Anne Goetz
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2012.
Series: Early America.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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: Prof's picks
Church 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.


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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