pennsylvania history of finding, among many thoroughly researched subjects in Preston's study, represents critical evidence indicating that so many facile portraits of white settlers functioning as mindless, racially obsessed Indian killers, both in early Pennsylvania and elsewhere, have been overstated in recent historical literature. The Texture of Contact deserves to be recognized for what it is, a major contribution to the ever growing body of academic studies about Indian-white interactions, both peaceful and bloody, in colonial North America. Preston's presentation represents a sophisticated analysis that moves significantly beyond currently fashionable explanations about Indian-white interactions and the reasons why harmony finally gave way to a bloody history of violence and the dispossession of Native Americans from their homelands. In sum, the author has given us a most valuable book. JAMES KIRBY MARTIN University of Houston Janet Moore Lindman. Bodies of Belief: Baptist Community in Early America. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008. Pp. xvii, 224, maps, notes, index. Cloth, $39.95.) Like many late eighteenth-century American Baptists, Virginian John Taylor endured months of bodily agonies and the "paradoxical religious phrenzey" of the conversion process (2). Nevertheless, to become a Baptist minister, Taylor had to eschew conversion's physical excesses, and discipline
Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies – Penn State University Press
Published: Nov 3, 2010
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