The Heathen School

The Heathen School

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

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Near the start of the nineteenth century, a group of eminent Protestant ministers formed a grand scheme for gathering the rest of mankind into the redemptive fold of Christianity. Its core element was a special school for youth drawn from all parts of the earth, including the Pacific Islands, China, India, and 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. However, when two Cherokee students courted and married local women, fundamental ideals were put to a severe test. John Demos follows the progress and demise of this first true melting pot through the lives of individual students. Instead of encouraging reconciliation, the school exposes the limits of tolerance and sets off a chain of events that will culminate in the Trail of Tears.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House LLC, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780679455103
0679455108
Branch Call Number: 973.5 D3992H 2014
Characteristics: 337 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits, photographs ; 25 cm

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