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The Gospel of Freedom & Power: Protestant Missionaries in American Culture after World War II

Sarah E. Ruble


In the decades after World War II, Protestant missionaries abroad were a topic of vigorous public debate. From religious periodicals and Sunday sermons to novels and anthropological monographs, public conversations about missionaries followed a powerful yet paradoxical line of reasoning, namely that people abroad needed greater autonomy from U.S. power and that Americans could best tell others how to use their freedom. This book traces and analyzes these public discussions about what it meant for Americans abroad to be good world citizens, placing them firmly in the context of the United State ... More

Keywords: Protestant missionaries, religious periodicals, Sunday sermons, anthropological monographs, nationalist revolutions, capitalism, exceptionalism, Americans

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835814
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807837429_ruble


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah E. Ruble, author

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