Emily J. Manktelow
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The rise and fall of the missionary wife
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This chapter traces the institutional history of the missionary couple's place within London Missionary Society (LMS) mission objectives in the nineteenth century from initial institutional ambivalence about the missionary wife, through her ascendency in mid-century, to her partial marginalisation upon the arrival of single 'lady' missionaries from 1875 onwards. The rise and demise of missionary wives, and more broadly the changing dynamics and interplay between the white missionary couple and evangelical mission theory, dramatically shaped the history of the evangelical missionary movement in the nineteenth century. George Thom frequently concerned himself with the practical mechanics of missionary marriage: intermarriage, provision for widows and orphans, and the legal status of non-conformist marriage in southern Africa. Western women, in colonial rhetoric, embodied a discomfort with the homosocial culture, and racial intermarriage, of the frontier.

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Missionary families

Race, gender and generation on the spiritual frontier


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