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-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1995.
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Although this book contains much worth commendation, its title and subtitle are somewhat misleading. The work does not focus on interactions between women missionaries and persons of differing religious faiths. "Contest of faiths" is, rather, a broadly applied metaphor used to organize the many conflicts that characterized the lives of Presbyterian women missionaries who worked among the Hispano-Catholic population in the Southwest in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The book begins by tracing the struggle of the Presbyterian women who worked to organize a separate mission organization (Women's Board of Home Missions) in the later 19th century. Other chapters examine the internal conflicts faced by both the missionaries appointed by this board and their Hispano students. Attention is also given to the context of ideas that arose between the missionaries and their colleagues. Ultimately, the author explores the transition from voluntary evangelistic-based missions to government-supported social service and the part women missionaries and their leaders played in preparing the way for this change. Graduate; faculty. L. H. Hoyle; Georgetown College

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