A contest of faiths : missionary women and pluralism in the American Southwest /

Susan M. Yohn here reconstructs the interactions between Presbyterian women missionaries in the southwest to the native Hispanic-Catholic people they set out to "Americanize" between 1867 and 1924. In the process, she reveals how many Protestant women reformers shared a series of experienc...

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Main Author: Yohn, Susan M. 1958-
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Language:English
Published:Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1995.
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260 |a Ithaca :  |b Cornell University Press,  |c 1995. 
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505 0 |a "A woman's club of national interest": the emergence of the female home missionary -- A question of loyalty and a contest of faiths: the meeting between Anglo and Hispano cultures -- "Understanding the way": becoming a missionary -- "I am part of all I have met": women home missionaries in Hispano New Mexico -- At the heart of the "cause": Hispano mission students and the meaning of faith -- From mission to social service: The rise of a new creed. 
520 |a Susan M. Yohn here reconstructs the interactions between Presbyterian women missionaries in the southwest to the native Hispanic-Catholic people they set out to "Americanize" between 1867 and 1924. In the process, she reveals how many Protestant women reformers shared a series of experiences that contributed to a national dialogue about cultural pluralism. Following the careers of a group of Presbyterian women, Yohn traces the emergence of the women's home mission organization, the initial clash of Anglo Hispano cultures, and the eventual changes in the missionaries' and their clients' perspectives. Alongside the story of middle-class women who came to reassess ethnocentric standards of national identity, Yohn traces the political struggle between Anglo-Protestants who sought to secure the New Mexico Territory for the United States and the Hispanos who strove to maintain cultural and economic autonomy. Yohn suggests that the relationship between missionaries and clients is more clearly one of mutual influence than has been assumed. Home mission teachers, she shows, engaged in a series of contests-- not only with clients, but also with the mission organization-- during which key assumptions about gender, ethnicity, class, and religious mission were challenged. When Hispanos did not evince interest in converting to Protestantism, the missionaries deemphasized the religious content of services such as education, which client families welcomed. In conclusion, Yohn considers the gradual replacement of mission volunteers by professional social workers and the impact of the missionaries' experience on popular support for the welfare of the state -- Back cover. 
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