By Sandra-Wagner Wright
(Mellen Research University Press, 1990)
Historians have been difficult on Hawai‘i’s missionaries, often categorizing them as religious zealots with a hidden agenda to colonize the islands, exert cultural imperialism and improve their economic position. While parts of this may be true, previous histories of the missionary enterprise lack viewing the missionary effort in its entirety. This study looks at all the forces that influenced the call and establishment of the mission field in the islands in order to show more clearly what the motivation of the missionaries really were. Sojourners Among Strangers is the story of the first two companies of missionaries to the islands, their New England ancestors and the profound impact theology had on the island’s community.
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