U.S. Intellectual History Blog

Review of *Protestants Abroad: How Missionaries Tried to Change the World But Changed America*

My city, like many others, once had a stream running through it. On a historical walking tour, you can see where water still flows, where it was channeled, where it was forced underground, where it has dried up completely. Walking that route gives a new perspective on the more familiar elements of the city—bridges, neighborhoods, businesses past and present. The natatorium once fed by a spring is long gone. The gap in the grid plan of the roads remains. The whole map of the town makes more sense when you pencil the stream back in. Read more