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Mission hymnody, USA

Beginnings The beginnings of American churches’ missions can be traced to the efforts of John Eliot (1604-1690) to gather ‘Praying Indians’ into towns for worship, preaching, language instruction and Bible study; the churches and day schools established by John Sargent (1710-1749) in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and Eleazar Wheelock (1711-1779) in Connecticut; and the organization of the Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge among ‘Indians’ in North America in Massachusetts (1762). The latter soon disbanded because of the lack of approval from the British Crown. Following the American Revolution the society was reactivated and incorporated in 1787 as the Society for Propagating the...

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