Monday, September 14, 2009

Cherokee Mission Schools

There is little evidence of any Cherokee interest in Christianity at the beginning of the nineteenth century. However, some of the Cherokee chiefs, mostly the more prosperous mixed bloods, realizing that a white education would be invaluable in dealing with the American government, wanted their children to learn to read and write English. In 1800 the Moravians approached the Cherokees about establishing a mission school in their country and three years later the Presbyterians did likewise.

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This blog entry is something of a supplement to Friday's entry on Moravian missionary records documenting Cherokee tribal life. See below.

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