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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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Report on African American Religion in Virginia

Report on African American Religion in Virginia

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Early Evangelicalism

Samuel Davies

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents excerpts from Samuel Davies's Letters from the Rev. Samuel Davies, Shewing the State of Religion in Virginia, Particularly among the Negroes (1757). Davies was a prominent Presbyterian minister in Hanover County, Virginia. In 1759, he was chosen by the trustees of the College of New Jersey to replace Jonathan Edwards, who died unexpectedly the year before. Davies was a pioneer of religious equality in the South, teaching Christianity to anyone willing to listen. While ministering in Virginia, Davies witnessed the religious zeal of the African slave community. In many of his letters, Davies complained about the spiritual neglect of slaves by their masters.

Keywords:   letters, Samuel Davies, religion, Virginia, Negroes, College of New Jersey, religious equality, South, Christianity, slaves

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