John Demos: "The Heathen School"
(Image courtesy of the Cornwall Historical Society, Cornwall, Conn.)
In Cornwall, Conn., in the early 19th century, a group of Protestant missionaries created a unique school they thought would save the world. Derisively known as “the heathen school,” the project recruited boys from Native American nations and around the world, including China and Hawaii. The multicultural school prospered for years and several graduates became famous. But in a new book, historian John Demos reveals the school’s disruptive impact and how it set off a chain of events that culminated in the Trail of Tears.
professor emeritus of history, Yale University, and author of several histories of early America, including "Entertaining Satan" and "The Unredeemed Captive," which was a finalist for the National Book Award.
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Excerpted from "The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic" by John Demos. Copyright © 2014 by John Demos. Excerpted by permission of Knopf. All rights reserved.