"Both contributors and publisher are to be thanked for this long-needed contemporary examination of the first foreign mission board founded in the United States. It provides often-neglected depth-of-field perspectives, enabling us to understand and appreciate a Western missionary movement that has been, for better or for worse, dominated by the United States for the last century. I heartily recommend this book."
--Jonathan J. Bonk
Author of Missions and Money: Affluence as a Missionary Problem--Revisited
"This lively collection offers numerous models for reinterpreting Christian missions in the history of the United States and many Asian, African, and Middle Eastern societies. The chapters depict colorful and often combative American missionaries, not only as evangelists and educators, but also as publicists of atrocities, reformers, lawgivers, traders, cultural observers, and advocates of destabilizing marital and gender norms. Nuanced and richly contextualized, they exemplify the best in the new historiography of missions."
Author of The Equality of Believers: Protestant Missionaries and the Racial Politics of South Africa --Wipf and Stock Publishers
About the Author
Clifford Putney is Assistant Professor of History at Bentley University. His publications include Muscular Christianity (2001) and Missionaries in Hawai'i (2010).
Paul T. Burlin is Professor of History at the University of New England. His publications include Imperial Maine and Hawai'i (2008).