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Inventing George Whitefield
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Inventing George Whitefield: Race, Revivalism, and the Making of a Religious Icon

Jessica M. Parr

Abstract

In 1770, English missionary George Whitefield died in Newburyport, Massachusetts. His death marked the start of a complex legacy that in many ways rendered Whitefield more powerful and influential in the afterlife than during his considerable career. Whitefield was a religious icon shaped in the complexities of revivalism, the contest over religious toleration, and the conflicting role of Christianity for enslaved people. Pro-slavery Christians saw Christianity as a form of social control for slaves. Evangelical Christianity’s emphasis on “freedom in the eyes of God” also suggested a path to p ... More

Keywords: George Whitefield, Great Awakening, Slavery, Southern History, Atlantic World

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781628461985
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2016 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461985.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica M. Parr, author
University of New Hampshire at Manchester