“Marked in Body, Mind, and Spirit”

Derek Chang

in Race, Nation, and Religion in the Americas

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149180
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835386 | DOI:
“Marked in Body, Mind, and Spirit”

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This essay discusses the work of the American Baptist Home Mission Society with African-Americans and Chinese immigrants in the late nineteenth century. It explores the tensions between hierarchy and inclusion in the efforts of White evangelists to incorporate racialized minorities into the Baptist Church and the body politic, as well as the tensions that ultimately arose between White missionary discourses and the proselytes’ own alternative visions of race, nation, and religion. It thus demonstrates the complex role of religion in the U.S. process of nation building.

Keywords: American Baptist Home Mission Society; African-Americans; Chinese immigrants; hierarchy; inclusion; evangelism; United States; nation building

Chapter.  10543 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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