A Separate Canaan: The Making of an Afro-Moravian World in by Jon F. Sensbach

By Jon F. Sensbach

In colonial North Carolina, German-speaking settlers from the Moravian Church based a spiritual refuge--an excellent society, they was hoping, whose blueprint for everyday life used to be the Bible and whose leader Elder used to be Christ himself. because the community's call for for exertions grew, the Moravian Brethren obtained slaves to assist function their farms, retailers, and industries. Moravians believed within the universalism of the gospel and baptized dozens of African americans, who grew to become complete participants of tightly knit Moravian congregations. for many years, white and black Brethren labored and worshiped together--though white Moravians by no means deserted their trust that black slavery used to be ordained by means of God.
according to German church files, together with dozens of infrequent biographies of black Moravians, A Separate Canaan is the 1st full-length research of touch among humans of German and African descent in early the United States. Exploring the fluidity of race in innovative period the USA, it highlights the fight of African american citizens to safe their fragile position in a tradition unwilling to offer them complete human rights. within the early 19th century, white Moravians forsook their religious inclusiveness, fitting blacks in a separate church. simply as white american citizens during the new republic rejected African American equality, the Moravian tale illustrates the ability of slavery and race to crush different ideals.

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