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The heathen school : a story of hope and betrayal in the age of early Republic, John Demos

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The heathen school : a story of hope and betrayal in the age of early Republic
Title
The heathen school
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a story of hope and betrayal in the age of early Republic
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John Demos
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Language
eng
Summary
Near the start of the 19th century, as the newly established United States looked outward toward the wider world, a group of eminent Protestant ministers formed a grand scheme for gathering the rest of mankind into the redemptive fold of Christianity and "civilization." Its core element was a special school for "heathen youth" drawn from all parts of the earth, including the Pacific islands, China, India, and, increasingly, the native nations of North America. If all went well, graduates would return to join similar projects in their respective homelands. For some years the school prospered, indeed became quite famous. However, when two Cherokee students courted and married local women, public resolve-and fundamental ideals-were put to a severe test. 'The Heathen School' follows the progress, and demise, of this first true melting pot through the lives of individual students: among them, Henry Obookiah, a young Hawaiian who ran away from home and worked as a seaman in the China Trade before ending up in New England, John Ridge, son of a powerful Cherokee chief and subsequently a leader in the process of Indian "removal," and Elias Boudinot, editor of the first newspaper published by and for Native Americans. From its birth as a beacon of hope for universal "salvation" the heathen school descends into bitter controversy, as American racial attitudes harden and intensify. Instead of encouraging reconciliation, the school exposes the limits of tolerance and sets off a chain of events that will culminate tragically in the Trail of Tears
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Demos, John
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illustrations
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • Foreign Mission School (Cornwall, Conn.)
  • Education
  • Home missions
  • Race relations
  • Indians of North America
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The heathen school : a story of hope and betrayal in the age of early Republic, John Demos
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-318) and index
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volume
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
Beginnings. American outreach : the China trade ; "Providence unquestionably cast them on our shores" -- Hawaii -- Ascent. American mission : the world savers ; "A seminary for the education of heathen youth" -- Cornwall -- Crisis. American paradox : the indelible color line ; "So much excitement and disgust throughout our county" -- The Cherokee Nation -- Finale. American tragedy : renascence and removal ; "Even the stoutest hearts melt into tears."
Control code
17956181
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 337 pages
Isbn
9780679455103
Lccn
2013956402
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The heathen school : a story of hope and betrayal in the age of early Republic, John Demos
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-318) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Beginnings. American outreach : the China trade ; "Providence unquestionably cast them on our shores" -- Hawaii -- Ascent. American mission : the world savers ; "A seminary for the education of heathen youth" -- Cornwall -- Crisis. American paradox : the indelible color line ; "So much excitement and disgust throughout our county" -- The Cherokee Nation -- Finale. American tragedy : renascence and removal ; "Even the stoutest hearts melt into tears."
Control code
17956181
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 337 pages
Isbn
9780679455103
Lccn
2013956402
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations

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