Rebecca's Revival: Creating Black Christianity in the by Jon F. Sensbach

By Jon F. Sensbach

Rebecca's Revival is the outstanding tale of a Caribbean woman--a slave became evangelist--who helped motivate the increase of black Christianity within the Atlantic international. All yet unknown this day, Rebecca Protten left a permanent effect on African-American faith and society. Born in 1718, Protten had a formative years conversion event, won her freedom from bondage, and joined a bunch of German proselytizers from the Moravian Church. She launched into an itinerant challenge, preaching to enormous quantities of the enslaved Africans of St. Thomas, a Danish sugar colony within the West Indies. Laboring in obscurity and weathering persecution from adverse planters, Protten and different black preachers created the earliest African Protestant congregation within the Americas. Protten's eventful life--the recruiting of converts, an interracial marriage, an ordeal on fees of blasphemy and inciting of slaves, travels to Germany and West Africa--placed her at the cusp of an rising foreign Afro-Atlantic evangelicalism. Her occupation offers a distinct lens in this prophetic flow that will quickly sweep in the course of the slave quarters of the Caribbean and North the USA, notably reworking African-American tradition. Jon Sensbach has pieced jointly this forgotten lifetime of a black visionary from German, Danish, and Dutch files, together with letters in Protten's personal hand, to create an marvelous story of 1 woman's freedom amidst the slave alternate. Protten's existence, with its evangelical efforts on 3 continents, finds the dynamic relatives of the Atlantic international and presents nice perception into the methods black Christianity constructed within the New international.

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Abandoning their practice of preserving sugar works, the rebels raided and destroyed nearly fifty plantations. In February, the English captain of a man-of-war visiting nearby Tortola sent sixty soldiers in pursuit, but the rebels ambushed them at night, wounding four, and the soldiers mutinied rather than go on. A similar expedition led by an English captain from St. Kitts was also attacked with the loss of three dead, including the captain’s own two sons, and five wounded. 25 The rebels had stripped away the prosperous veneer of Danish colonialism to reveal its vulnerabilities.

From there, the transition to pride and a domineering character is quick and easy. ”8 “By nature they are arrogant people, as well as unbecomingly proud,” agreed another writer. They are greedy in the extreme for praise, fame, honor, high rank and an abundance of worldly things. They do not appear to chase after money simply to hoard it and avoid spending it. No, their greed for wealth focuses on their obsession for possessing numerous slaves and being able to own large tracts of land. They rely on 34 r e b e c c a’s r e v i va l what they own, and with that they ingratiate themselves with those whose association they value.

How could the unfree maintain dignity in a society designed to deprive them of it? Such were the questions the slaves grappled with as an adolescent girl named Rebecca came of age on St. Thomas in the shadow of rebellion. chapter two Rebirth and Remembrance hips arriving at port in St. ” Here the southern coast of the island opens into a great arcing bay nearly enclosed by two long arms of land. On old maps, the harbor looks like a keyhole. Mountains rising sharply out of the glassy water ring the bay; in front of them the town of Charlotte Amalie straddles a strip of land about one hundred yards wide by the shore.

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