Chapter

“One of their Own Color and Kindred”

Travis Glasson

in Mastering Christianity

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199773961
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919017 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773961.003.0007
“One of their Own Color and Kindred”

Show Summary Details

Preview

The SPG founded British missionary work in Africa. This chapter examines the careers of Thomas Thompson and Philip Quaque, the first two missionaries stationed at Cape Coast in modern Ghana, a coastal entrepot central to the British slave trade. Quaque was the first African ordained in the Church of England, but his fifty-year career shows how thoroughly the Society’s religious program was enmeshed in slavery and how in this environment his hopes for making converts faded over time. Quaque was a rather tragic figure – isolated, ineffective, and increasingly blamed by the Society for his mission’s failure. In a poignant shift, while in the 1760s the SPG was willing to train and support a black missionary, by the end of Quaque’s career the Society had largely abandoned him and come to share wider British doubts about the capabilities of black missionaries.

Keywords: Africa; Philip Quaque; Methodism; Cape Coast; Thomas Thompson; slave trade; Fante; race; racism; antislavery

Chapter.  11731 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.