By Tash Smith
In Capture those Indians for the Lord, Tash Smith lines the trajectory of the Southern Methodist Church in Oklahoma whilst it was once on the frontlines of the relentless push towards western enlargement. even if many local humans permitted the missionaries’ non secular practices, Smith exhibits how participants stumbled on how you can reconcile the Methodist strength with their conventional cultural practices. while the white inhabitants of Indian Territory elevated and local sovereignty got here below siege through the allotment period of the Nineties, white groups marginalized Indians in the Church and exploited components of undertaking paintings for his or her personal benefit.
Later, with white indifference towards Indian missions peaking within the early 20th century, Smith explains that because the remnants of the Methodist energy weakened, Indian club regained regulate and used the Church to regenerate their tradition. all through, Smith explores the advanced relationships among white and Indian neighborhood individuals and the way those phenomena formed Methodist church buildings within the 20th century.
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