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God's Fields: Landscape, Religion, and Race in Moravian Wachovia (Cultural Heritage Studies)

God's Fields: Landscape, Religion, and Race in Moravian Wachovia (Cultural Heritage Studies) by Leland Ferguson
English | Oct. 30, 2011 | ISBN: 0813037484 | 302 Pages | PDF | 8.77 MB

The Moravian community of Salem, North Carolina, was founded in 1766, and the townthe hub of nearly 100,000 piedmont acres purchased thirteen years before and named Wachoviaquickly became the focal point for the churchs colonial presence in the South.
While the brethren preached the unity of all humans under God, a careful analysis of the birth and growth of their Salem settlement reveals that the group gradually embraced the institutions of slavery and racial segregation in opposition to their religious beliefs. Although Salems still-active community includes one of the oldest African American congregations in the nation, the evidence contained in Gods Fields reveals that during much of the twentieth century, the churchs segregationist past was intentionally concealed. Leland Ferguson's work reconstructing this "secret history" through years of archaeological fieldwork was part of a historical preservation program that helped convince the Moravian Church in North America to formally apologize in 2006 for its participation in slavery and clear a way for racial reconciliation.

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