30 June 2006

Early American Sunday School Books

Here's an online collection of early American Sunday School books: Shaping The Values of Youth: Sunday School Books In 19th Century America. It's a collection of writings that tackles the issue of slavery. Most of the items are from the Northern States, and therefore are abolitionist. Even though the books are written from an abolitionist perspective, they are not something that I would want to see used today. The creators of the collection acknowledge this: "Racism, of course, was widespread and one will find that through the lens of biblical tolerance, one will perceive racial prejudice and condescension." Still, the writings are an example of people thinking their way to more evolved opinions, and, as the site's creators say, "in the directive to love everyone, one at least can imagine the possibility of a radical form of fellowship."

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