Missionaries were among the travelers who supplied American adults and children with information about foreign places. Because they enjoyed a high status and respect with their home congregations and because they lived among peoples in foreign, often exotic, lands, missionaries and their writings enjoyed a wide and attentive audience. Materials in The Friends' Missionary Advocate between 1885 and 1933 report that information on foreign regions reached American audiences through presentations at monthly and quarterly meetings and at yearly conferences. Articles, letters, reports, maps, and pictures were also a medium for influencing Americans' impressions of the world.
Brunn, Stanley D. and Leppman, Elizabeth J.
"America's Learning about Foreign Places through the eyes of Missionaries: Writings in the Friends' Missionary Advocate, 1885-1933,"
Quaker Studies: Vol. 7
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/quakerstudies/vol7/iss2/4