Noble, Wretched and Redeemable Carol L. Higham

ISBN: 9781552380260

Published: February 1st 2001


283 pages


Noble, Wretched and Redeemable  by  Carol L. Higham

Noble, Wretched and Redeemable by Carol L. Higham
February 1st 2001 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 283 pages | ISBN: 9781552380260 | 7.38 Mb

This comparative history explores the Protestant missionary gaze toward American Indians in the western frontiers of Canada and the United States during the nineteenth century. Canadian and American political systems, religious institutions, and frontiers developed along divergent paths, but Anglo racial attitudes transcended international boundaries and compelled Canadian and American missionaries to depict Indians in similar ways for literate white Christians in the East.

Indian stereotypes evolved from the “noble savage” to “wretched savage” to “redeemable savage.” Responding to financial and political pressures from missionary societies, governments, and secular scholarly institutions, field missionaries became government advisors and secular authorities on Indian affairs and portrayed Indians to fulfill the eastern expectations. The author has researched dozens of memoirs, letters, journals, diaries, reports, newspapers, newsletters, and other primary sources to piece together the missionary story in Canada and the United States.

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