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A New Gospel for WomenKatharine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism$
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Kristin Kolbes DuMez

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190205645

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190205645.001.0001

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Heathen Slaves, Christian Rulers

Heathen Slaves, Christian Rulers

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A New Gospel for Women

Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces how Bushnell’s growing feminist consciousness emerged as a result of her international anti-trafficking efforts, and how her work on behalf of women the world over contributed to her growing suspicions of traditional Christianity. Recounting the 1891–1893 anti-prostitution campaign Bushnell launched in British India in her capacity as a World evangelist for the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), and in coordination with Josephine Butler, the leading British social purity reformer, the chapter describes the dramatic victory Bushnell and her co-woker Elizabeth Andrew achieved for the forces of social purity. The chapter also describes Bushnell’s less successful campaign to end the trafficking in Chinese women along the West Coast of the United States. Ultimately, these global reform efforts led Bushnell to develop a powerful critique of Western imperialism, and to articulate a gendered Christian internationalism.

Keywords:   anti-trafficking, feminism, British India, imperialism, Josephine Butler, prostitution, India, social purity

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