By Jon F. Sensbach
Rebecca's Revival is the striking tale of a Caribbean woman--a slave grew to become evangelist--who helped encourage the increase of black Christianity within the Atlantic global. All yet unknown this day, Rebecca Protten left a permanent impression on African-American faith and society. Born in 1718, Protten had a early life conversion event, won her freedom from bondage, and joined a bunch of German proselytizers from the Moravian Church. She launched into an itinerant venture, preaching to countless numbers of the enslaved Africans of St. Thomas, a Danish sugar colony within the West Indies. Laboring in obscurity and weathering persecution from antagonistic planters, Protten and different black preachers created the earliest African Protestant congregation within the Americas.
Protten's eventful life--the recruiting of converts, an interracial marriage, a tribulation on fees of blasphemy and inciting of slaves, travels to Germany and West Africa--placed her at the cusp of an rising foreign Afro-Atlantic evangelicalism. Her profession offers a distinct lens in this prophetic stream that may quickly sweep throughout the slave quarters of the Caribbean and North the US, appreciably reworking African-American culture.
Jon Sensbach has pieced jointly this forgotten lifetime of a black visionary from German, Danish, and Dutch files, together with letters in Protten's personal hand, to create an awesome story of 1 woman's freedom amidst the slave exchange. Protten's existence, with its evangelical efforts on 3 continents, unearths the dynamic family of the Atlantic international and provides nice perception into the methods black Christianity built within the New World.
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