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By Henry Goldschmidt

The pioneering essays gathered during this quantity carry severe new views to the interdisciplinary examine of racial, nationwide, and spiritual identities. The authors exhibit that one can't examine those different types of id formation in isolation, yet needs to in its place study the methods every one intersects with-and finally is helping construct-the others. This leading edge theoretical viewpoint sheds new mild at the function of faith in shaping the lives of numerous groups during the Americas and forces us to reevaluate the reductive competition among secular and non secular identities. The twelve essays within the quantity discover the binds among race, country, and faith in ethnographic and old aspect. issues variety from Jesuit venture paintings to Hollywood movie, happen future to liberation theology, the Haitian Rara competition to American immigration legislations. In those and different contexts, the authors discover the intertwined histories of a hemisphere outlined on the charged intersections of race, state, and faith.

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In almost every regard, Spanish goals in the Floridas remained unfulfilled. Despite expectations to the contrary, this potential jewel of the 36 “heathens” and “jews” in the colonial imagination empire never materialized, and colonists ultimately determined that the Indians’ inability or unwillingness to embrace Catholicism had impeded overall Spanish designs in the region. 3 Since the earliest encounters of sailors and natives on the peninsula’s margins and hinterlands, Spaniards, Frenchmen, and Britons had understood indigenous peoples in terms of their perceived aberrations in character, behavior, spirituality, intellectual capacity, and physical appearance.

Anderson, Imagined Communities, 12–19. The terms “relativization” and “territorialization” are on 17. 50. Anderson, Imagined Communities, 19. 51. Anderson, Imagined Communities, 7 52. ” New York Times, April 6, 2003, The Week in Review, 14; Laurie Goodstein, “Seeing Islam as ‘Evil’ Faith, Evangelicals Seek Converts,” New York Times, April 27, 2003, A1. 53. Anderson includes Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and (perhaps) Confucianism among the “great sacral cultures” of the premodern world (Imagined Communities, 12).

The Lutherans would most easily dominate all the provinces of the land . . ”6 King Charles V instructed one of the region’s first European explorers, Pa´nfilo de Narva´ez, “to teach the Indians in good ways . . ” This was important so that the natives could “be educated and taught good ways and habits . .

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