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The Baptism of Early Virginia: How Christianity Created Race (Early America: History, Context, Culture) Hardcover – 28 Aug 2012

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (28 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421407000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421407005
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,195,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A major contribution to this rich field of historical inquiry.

(James Sidbury, Rice University)

Goetz postis her thesis in a history of England and Colonial Virginia, providing necessary context while educating readers in the general narrative of English and Virginia history.


Goetz has done a impressive job bringing religion to the center of the historiography on race, and her study is a must-read for all scholars interested in the development of race and the role of Protestantism in the Atlantic world.

(Katharine Gerbner Register of the Kentucky Historical Society)

In a compact 173 pages, Goetz links race and religion in colonial Virginia in ways that few other scholars have even attempted.

(Richard A. Bailey Journal of American History)

This is impressive scholarship grounded in letters, pamphlets, court records, colonial statutes, and a wide array of additional archival and secondary sources... It is a book that will find ready readership in graduate seminars, seminaries, and undergraduate classrooms.

(Edward L. Bond Virginia Magazine of History and Biography)

Professor Goetz... is to be warmly applauded for having produced a work of such methodological scope and intellectual sophistication, a most persuasive work that ranks as a major contribution to the field.

(Betty Wood Slavery and Abolition)

The Baptism of Early Virginia offers a significant contribution to the growing historiography of religion in colonial Virginia... Goetz's provocative work raises a number of questions... Even if Goetz does not always address these questions, her radical rethinking of religion in colonial Virginia will surely help others answer them. The Baptism of Early Virginia is an important book.

(Matthew J. Sparacio History)

About the Author

Rebecca Anne Goetz is an assistant professor of history at Rice University.

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