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International Souls in the Land of White-man’s Power: Dreamland Rhetoric and Racial Hierarchy


This essay explores the stories of two Knox graduates, Barnabas Root and Charles A. Eastman, whose identities were foreign to the white male student body in the 1800s. They echo narratives of the American dream and the racial hierarchy that explains U.S. fickle immigration policies. What prompted Root and Eastman’s studies in America and at Knox? Were their experiences ridden with prejudice and racism? This is an observation of manifest destiny, settler colonialism, and racial hierarchy through the lens of Root, Eastman, and other first foreign students in America. 

Written by Marina Hoang

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