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

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The heathen school : a story of hope and betrayal in the age of the early republic
Title
The heathen school
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a story of hope and betrayal in the age of the early republic
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John Demos
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Language
eng
Summary
"The astonishing story of a unique missionary project-- and the America it embodied-- from 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, 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 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"-
Summary
Documents the story of a widespread early 19th-century missionary project that reflected the Christian views of a fledgling United States, tracing how the successes of a Christian school in various world regions were eventually tested by interracial marriages and bitter controversies
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Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10297893
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
371.8290097461
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E97.6.F657
LC item number
D45 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
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a story of hope and betrayal in the age of the early republic
Label
The heathen school : a story of hope and betrayal in the age of the early republic, John Demos
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Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi Book"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn878437488
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 337 pages
Isbn
9780679455103
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013956402
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)878437488
  • (Sirsi) a1760425
Label
The heathen school : a story of hope and betrayal in the age of the early republic, John Demos
Publication
Note
"This is a Borzoi Book"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn878437488
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 337 pages
Isbn
9780679455103
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013956402
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)878437488
  • (Sirsi) a1760425

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