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Mastering Christianity: Missionary Anglicanism and Slavery in the Atlantic World

Travis Glasson


Beginning in 1701, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG) launched one of the earliest and most sustained efforts to Christianize enslaved people in Britain’s colonies. This book examines the history of this program and offers a new assessment of the missionary encounters it produced in colonial America and around the Atlantic world. Based on a belief in the essential unity of humankind, the Society’s missionaries worked to convert slaves and improve their treatment. However, over time the Society became increasingly comfortable with slavery, allied with masters, ... More

Keywords: missionaries, slavery, Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, SPG, Codrington, Church of England, race, Atlantic World, conversion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199773961
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773961.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Travis Glasson, author
Temple University