The book explores the cultural and intellectual worlds of the hustling promoters, battling historians, Catholic missionaries, Native American ritual specialists, learned theologians, religious dissenters, magistrates, and governors who clashed and intermingled in the opening decades of colonization and resistance to it. Ranging from the eastern settlements to the western missions of early North America, it examines a period when rhetoric and ritual functioned mainly to persuade, entreat, compel, and solicit.
E. Brooks Holifield is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of American Church History at Emory University. He is the author of The Covenant Sealed, The Gentleman Theologians, and A History of Pastoral Care in America: From Salvation to Self-Realization, and has written on a variety of topics in the history of thought in America.
Chapter 1: Persuasion Chapter 2: Promoters Chapter 3: The Persuasive Past Chapter 4: Persuasion Across Cultures Chapter 5: Theologies of Persuasion Chapter 6: Dissenters Chapter 7: Rulers Epilogue Bibliographic Essay