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The Gospel of Freedom & PowerProtestant Missionaries in American Culture after World War II$
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Sarah E. Ruble

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835814

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837429_ruble

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(p.153) Conclusion
The Gospel of Freedom & Power

Sarah E. Ruble

University of North Carolina Press

This conclusion examines Barbara Kingsolver's work, The Poisonwood Bible, which echoed a common sentiment in late twentieth-century missionary conversations: people abroad have suffered from imperialist practices, religious and political, and such practices must end. It also discusses how issues related to sexuality and human rights demonstrated the complexities brought about by past missionary success and the continuing American power. Missionary conversations about foreign policy and humans rights in the twentieth century are also examined.

Keywords:   Barbara Kingsolver, Poisonwood Bible, sexuality, human rights, missionary, foreign policy

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