Daily Archives: December 17, 2014

** The Heathen School by John Demos


The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic is a decidedly unhopeful story of a school in Connecticut that was founded to educate the “heathen” into proper Protestant thinking. The story follows some famous school alumni, and it seems that most meet a sad end. There’s the Hawaiian man with a fantastic case of wanderlust who dies upon his return home, the Cherokee students who fall in love with local women and encounter horrible racist opposition — and the ever-present obsession to convert all these people above and beyond educating them. Sad.

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