Date of Award
Master of Arts
As the nineteenth century commenced, contact between Pacific Islanders and Anglo-Americans increased as did the concern for what resulted from those interactions. In the United States, antebellum restrained menthose who upheld their Protestant faith, self-reliance, and familial valuesused ideals of gender to combat the perceived savagery of Pacific Islanders and the corruption of American sailors among them. In the mission field, restrained men consciously sought after Anglo-American womens influence often believing them to be the moral authority of a softer form of empire. This particular form of empire was not government led; nor did it entail the immediate conquest of Pacific Islanders territory. Instead, it was a gendered alliance between Anglo-American manhood and Anglo-American womanhood that guided their version of conquest as they sought to instill civilization and Christianity at home and across the Great Ocean.
Received from ProQuest
Michael David Chavez
Chavez, Michael David, "From the Fangs of Monsters: Gender, Empire, and Civilization in the Pacific, 1800-1850" (2017). Open Access Theses & Dissertations. 427.