The Heathen School

The Heathen School

A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic

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The astonishing story of a unique missionary project—and theAmerica it embodied—from award-winning historian John DemosNear the start of the nineteenth century, as the newlyestablished United States looked outward toward the wider world, a group of eminentProtestant ministers formed a grand scheme for gathering the rest of mankind intothe redemptive fold of Christianity and civilization. Its core element was aspecial school for heathen youth drawn from all parts of the earth, includingthe Pacific Islands, China, India, and increasingly, the native nations ofNorth America. If all went well, graduates would return to join similarprojects in their respective homelands. For some years the school prospered and became quite famous. However, when two Cherokee students courted andmarried local women, public resolve—and fundamental ideals—were put to a severetest.The Heathen School follows the progress—and thedemise—of this first true melting pot through the lives of individualstudents: among them, Henry Obookiah, a young Hawaiian who ran away from homeand worked as a seaman in the China Trade before ending up in New England; JohnRidge, son of a powerful Cherokee chief and subsequently a leader in theprocess of Indian removal; and Elias Boudinot, editor of the firstnewspaper published by and for Native Americans. From its birth as a beacon ofhope for universal salvation, the heathen school descends into bittercontroversy as American racial attitudes harden and intensify. Instead ofencouraging reconciliation, the school exposes the limits of tolerance andsets off a chain of events that will culminate tragically in the Trail ofTears.In The Heathen School, John Demos marshals his deepempathy and feel for the textures of history to tell a moving story of familiesand communities—and to probe the very roots of American identity.

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Documents the story of a nineteenth-century missionary project that reflected the Christian views of a fledgling U.S., tracing how the successes of a Christian school were eventually tested by interracial marriages and bitter controversies.

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The astonishing story of a unique missionary project—and the America it embodied—from award-winning historian John Demos

Near the start of the nineteenth 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 and 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 the 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.

In The Heathen School, John Demos marshals his deep empathy and feel for the textures of history to tell a moving story of families and communities—and to probe the very roots of American identity.



Publisher: Ashland : Blackstone Audio, Inc
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781483002613
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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