Educating the Heathen

Educating the Heathen: the Foreign Mission School Controversy and American Ideals

by
John Andrew

This article written for the “Journal of American Studies,” presents an example of the missionary movement with the establishment of a school in Cornwall and its closure nine years later in 1826. During those years the policy toward the non-Christian — Hawaiians, Cherokees, Chinese, and others — changed from educating them among Americans to sending missionaries to the native territories. Racial discrimination and mixed marriages were a local scandal and exemplified the larger issues of slavery and the Indian policy.

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