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To Live upon Hope: Mohicans and Missionaries in the Eighteenth-Century Northeast (Hardback)

Rachel Wheeler

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ISBN 10: 0801446317 / ISBN 13: 9780801446313
Edité par Cornell University Press, United States, 2008
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 in the hands of these two native communities.The Mohicans of Stockbridge and Shekomeko drew different conclusions from their experiences with colonial powers. Both tried to preserve what they deemed core elements of Mohican culture. The Indians of Stockbridge believed education in English cultural ways was essential to their survival and cast their acceptance of the mission project as a means of preserving their historic roles as cultural intermediaries. The Mohicans of Shekomeko, by contrast, sought new sources of spiritual power that might be accessed in order to combat the ills that came with colonization, such as alcohol and disease.Through extensive research, especially in the Moravian records of day-to-day life, Wheeler offers an understanding of the lived experience of Mohican communities under colonialism. She complicates the understanding of eighteenth-century American Christianity by demonstrating that mission programs were not always driven by the destruction of indigenous culture and the advancement of imperial projects. To Live upon Hope challenges the prevailing view of accommodation or resistance as the two poles of Indian responses to European colonization. Colonialism placed severe strains on native peoples, Wheeler finds, yet Indians also exercised a level of agency and creativity that aided in their survival. N° de réf. du libraire AAR9780801446313

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Titre : To Live upon Hope: Mohicans and Missionaries...

Éditeur : Cornell University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2008

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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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 in the hands of these two native communities.

The Mohicans of Stockbridge and Shekomeko drew different conclusions from their experiences with colonial powers. Both tried to preserve what they deemed core elements of Mohican culture. The Indians of Stockbridge believed education in English cultural ways was essential to their survival and cast their acceptance of the mission project as a means of preserving their historic roles as cultural intermediaries. The Mohicans of Shekomeko, by contrast, sought new sources of spiritual power that might be accessed in order to combat the ills that came with colonization, such as alcohol and disease.

Through extensive research, especially in the Moravian records of day-to-day life, Wheeler offers an understanding of the lived experience of Mohican communities under colonialism. She complicates the understanding of eighteenth-century American Christianity by demonstrating that mission programs were not always driven by the destruction of indigenous culture and the advancement of imperial projects. To Live upon Hope challenges the prevailing view of accommodation or resistance as the two poles of Indian responses to European colonization. Colonialism placed severe strains on native peoples, Wheeler finds, yet Indians also exercised a level of agency and creativity that aided in their survival.

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"To Live upon Hope will affect the way American religious history is taught. Rachel Wheeler shows how Christianity provided a language for coping with the suffering brought about by colonization and offered ritual practices that preserved aspects of an indigenous worldview while accounting for new kinds of violence and destruction. She also takes a giant step forward in understanding eighteenth-century American evangelicalism by showing the difference between German and English approaches: the Moravian records reveal much about the religious lives of individual Mohicans, while those kept by English missionaries are concerned with governing, disciplining, and civilizing Mohicans. Readers will appreciate the fine-grained analysis of religious emotion this book provides as well as its far-reaching implications."--Amanda Porterfield, Robert A. Spivey Professor of Religion, Florida State University

"To Live upon Hope is that rare work that fulfills its ambition to treat both Indians and colonists with an even hand. Rachel Wheeler is the only scholar of whom I'm aware to systematically employ the rich German-language Moravian archive to study New England Indian history. This pathbreaking use of sources, and Wheeler's fine-grained analysis of the differing Moravian and Congregationalist priorities, is a major achievement. What makes To Live upon Hope even more important is Wheeler's sophisticated exploration of the Moravians' appeal to the Mohicans at emotional, spiritual, social, and political levels and her use of that understanding to better explain what drew Mohicans to-and what repelled them from--the Congregationalist mission at Stockbridge."--David J. Silverman, The George Washington University

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