Religious Philanthropy and Colonial Slavery: The American Correspondence of the Associates of Dr. Bray, 1717–1777
University of Illinois Press
The edition focuses on the efforts of the Associates of Dr. [Thomas] Bray, an Anglican philanthropic organization based in London, to convert and educate colonial blacks.The Associates of Dr. Bray was a philanthropic group founded in 1724 by the English clergyman Thomas Bray to educate enslaved African Americans in the British North American colonies. Educated at Oxford, Bray founded two groups—the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (1699) and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (1701)—charged with spreading literacy and Christianity throughout England and America. The correspondence documents the resistance the group encountered from reluctant enslavers and its difficulties in communicating with the slaves.
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