U.S. History

"The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic"

John Demos

About the Program

John Demos, professor emeritus of history at Yale University, recounts the creation of a school by a group of Protestant ministers in the 19th century, whose goal was to evangelize and educate students from throughout the world, namely Native Americans and Pacific Islanders, and then send them back to their respective communities as missionaries. The author reports on the opening of the Foreign Missions School in Cornwall, Connecticut, profiles several of its attendees, and recalls what brought about the end of its operations.  John Demos speaks at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, Connecticut.

About the Authors

John Demos

John Demos' books include The Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story From Early America, a National Book Award finalist.  He is a professor emeritus of history at Yale University. 


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"The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic"

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  • Sunday, May 25th at 1:15 (ET)
  • Sunday, April 20th at 8:15 (ET)
  • Sunday, April 13th at 7:30pm (ET)
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