Educating the Heathen

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

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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