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Faithful Bodies: Performing Religion and Race in the Puritan Atlantic

Heather Miyano Kopelson


In the seventeenth-century English Atlantic, religious beliefs and practices played a central role in creating racial identity. English Protestantism provided a vocabulary and structure to describe and maintain boundaries between insider and outsider. This book peels back the layers of conflicting definitions of bodies and competing practices of faith in the puritan Atlantic, demonstrating how the categories of “white,” “black,” and “Indian” developed alongside religious boundaries between “Christian” and “heathen” and between “Catholic” and “Protestant.” The book focuses on three communities ... More

Keywords: heathens, Atlantic, racial identity, Protestant dissent, Christians, slavery, religious beliefs, Protestantism, indigenous peoples, English puritans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781479805006
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479805006.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather Miyano Kopelson, author