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Mission: Implausible. Surprise and success in the Hawaiian mission, 1819–1825


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

The erroneous expectations of the first group of American missionaries sent to Hawaii directly led to immense initial skepticism and worry on the part of the proselytizers, but fears and reservations gradually fell away as progress slowly emerged from the troubled effort. New impressions collided with preconceived notions to shape decades of Christian/Hawaiian interaction as the first two groups of New England proselytizers grappled with an unceasing series of surprises. Many historians have written about this intersection of cultures, but few have analyzed the intentions behind the mission's actions, preferring to simplify the Christians as either saints or demons. This study seeks to find the reasons behind missionary surprise in Hawaii, using their own words to narrow the gap between hagiography and demonization.

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Subject
Religious congregations;
American history
Classification
0330: Religious congregations
0337: American history
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
Mission: Implausible. Surprise and success in the Hawaiian mission, 1819–1825
Author
Bickers, Robert Guy
Number of pages
122
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0229
Source
MAI 45/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Kerstetter, Todd
University/institution
Texas Christian University
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1441262
ProQuest document ID
304785414
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304785414
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