Good Intentions Gone Awry

Good Intentions Gone Awry

Emma Crosby and the Methodist Mission on the Northwest Coast

Book - 2006
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Univ of Washington Pr

Unlike most missionary scholarship that focuses on male missionaries, Good Intentions Gone Awry chronicles the experiences of a missionary wife. It presents the letters of Emma Crosby, wife of the well-known Methodist missionary Thomas Crosby, who came to Fort Simpson, near present-day Prince Rupert, in 1874 to set up a mission among the Tsimshian people.

Emma Crosby's letters to family and friends in Ontario shed light on a critical era and bear witness to the contribution of missionary wives. They mirror the hardships and isolation she faced as well as her assumptions about the supremacy of Euro-Canadian society and of Christianity. The authors critically represent Emma's sincere convictions towards mission work and the running of the Crosby Girl's Home (later to become a residential school), while at the same time exposing them as a product of the times in which she lived. They also examine the roles of Native and mixed-race intermediaries who made possible the feats attributed to Thomas Crosby as a heroic missionary persevering on his own against tremendous odds.

Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780774812719
Characteristics: xxiii, 307 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map, ports. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Barman, Jean 1939-


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