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By The Pastor And The Schoolmaster: Language, Dissent, And The Struggle Over Slavery In Colonial Ebenezer

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Boltzius's appointment as pastor to the Georgia Salzburgers came via Samuel Urlsperger, Senior Pastor in Augsburg and the leading representative of Halle Pietism in southern Germany. Why did Boltzius, who enjoyed warm relations with his London patrons and was normally amenable to their wishes, evade or even undermine their intentions in this case? Who was the bi-lingual schoolmaster hired by the Society to teach the Salzburgers English, and why did Boltzius not only forbid him from doing so, but ultimately had him fired from his post? This chapter examines these questions. In the early months of Ebenezer, a time when Boltzius was still mastering English, the schoolmaster proved useful as an interpreter in the community's day-to-day encounters with English settlers. Boltzius's opposition to slavery has earned him a well-deserved place in scholarship on the colonial South.

Keywords: Boltzius; colonial Ebenezer



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