Anderson, Christopher Books
Dr. Christopher J. Anderson holds a Ph.D. from Drew University in Historical Studies and American Religious History. He has been a Lecturer at Drew University, and currently works as Assistant Librarian and Research Specialist in American religious history at Drew.2012 0-7734-3049-0The Centenary Celebration of American Methodist Missions
examines early twentieth century American Protestant missions and demonstrates how the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Methodist Epsicopal Church, South, used the exposition as a staging ground to sell foreign and domestic missions as a means to civilize and Christianize the world.
Inside the pavilions of the fair Americans viewed "the world" through hundreds of exhibits containing international peoples converted to Christianity, representations of their indigenous homes, and curios of material objects. The fair functioned as an arena to educate U.S. Protestants on the global reach of mission organizations and missionaries busy at work converting the world to Christ.
For both organizers and visitors the exposition operated as a window through which to view work of Methodist missionaries around the world. The fair charted the current progress of Methodist world missions around the world and pointed fairgoers toward the future, inviting vistors to imagine what global civilizations might look like if they succeed in their endeavors.