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The Bible CauseA History of the American Bible Society$
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John Fea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190253066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253066.001.0001

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The Bible Cause in an Age of Immigration and Expansion

The Bible Cause in an Age of Immigration and Expansion

(p.95) 9 The Bible Cause in an Age of Immigration and Expansion
The Bible Cause

John Fea

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the role of the American Bible Society (ABS) in distributing the Bible to Italian, Polish, Swedish, and other immigrants coming to American shores at the turn of the twentieth century. The ABS believed that it was essential to bring the Bible to these immigrants in order to assimilate them to an American way of life and bring them into the Protestant faith. Similar tactics of assimilation were used by the ABS in the American West as Bible salesman and ABS agents encountered native American populations, Mormons, and those heading to California in search of gold.

Keywords:   Bible in America, Catholicism, immigration, California, Mormons, assimilation, Protestantism, native Americans, westward expansion

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