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Chronicling the history of the “Hindoo” in America, primarily through archival newspaper clips. Instagram: @HindooHistory.
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Jun 6 10 tweets 2 min read
An editorial from the San Francisco Call, 1910

"Hindu Immigration Must Stop"

"The present rate of importation of Hindu laborers runs about 300 a month and is increasing..."

#HindooHistory "If not checked the influx will exceed 5,000 a year, and these figures are moderate if we consider the virtually unlimited cooly population from which the supples are drawn and the pernicious activity of the steamship companies engaged in this profitable trade"
May 30 43 tweets 10 min read
Elmore County Republican, 1913


"Reverend Trawin of Baptist Church Issues a Stern Warning to Women of Country"

#HindooHistory "Rev. C. L. Trawin, pastor of the Baptist church, preached a strong sermon Sunday, warning the women of the United States against the religions brought to the country by Yogis and Swamis from India under the guise of philosophy, reincarnation, and the so-called higher life"
May 4 5 tweets 2 min read
A comic called "Lady Luck," published in the Evening Star in 1941, featuring a mysterious statute of "The Goddess of the Snaka Shala, from India"

#HindooHistory Image The comic features a number of mysterious murders in the presence of the strange statue, much to the befuddlement of the police officers investigating the store Image
May 3 12 tweets 3 min read
The Birmingham Age Herald, 1922

"The management of the Jefferson Theatre takes pleasure in informing theatre-goers of Birmingham and adjoining cities that Mr. Walker Whiteside will appear as Gordon Kean's modern mystery play of India, 'THE HINDU'"

#HindooHistory "Mr. Whiteside will portray the fascinating character of Prince Tarmar in whose gorgeous palace in India the story of 'The Hindu' is told."
May 2 13 tweets 3 min read
The Washington Times, 1928

"She's a Hindu, Now"

"With all the elaborate ceremonies of the Oriental race, Nancy Ann Miller, Seattle, Wash., girl today became a convert to Hinduism in Bombay, preparatory to her marriage Saturday to the former Maharajah of Indore"

#HindooHistory Image "15,000 SEE U.S. GIRL SWEAR FEALTY TO HINDOOISM"

"With the crimson mark of her caste upon her forehead, miss Nancy Ann Miller of Seattle, Wash., American fiancé of Tukojirao Holkar, former Maharajah of Indore, stood upon the bank of the sacred river Godavri near Nashik Today..."
Apr 25 28 tweets 5 min read
Los Angeles Herald, 1906


"Bharati Reverses Accepted Theories"

"Says the East Has Long Had a Civilization of Which the Occident Knows Nothing and its Life is a Mystery"

#HindooHistory #BabaBharati "Since the publication of the 'Letters of a Chinese Official' some time ago, people have begun to wonder whether the view taken by the author might not have some real foundation"
Apr 22 22 tweets 5 min read
The Wahpeton Times, 1900


"In attributing India's famines to overpopulation, the Journal falls into a very common error."

#HindooHistory Image "The theory that India's famines are due to overpopulation is further discredited by the fact that famines in China, of any great magnitude, are seldom heard of, though China's population is denser than that of India." Image
Apr 19 5 tweets 1 min read
Published by noted atheist Charles Chilton Moore in his paper the Blue Grass Blade, this article is a great example of the ways in which the representation of "India" and the "Hindoo" in early 20C America intersected with domestic sociological and political trends. Moore was an inveterate critic of the Christian church, and even spent time in prison for sending "obscene literature" through the mail. He described his paper as being “edited by a heathen in the interests of good morals."
Apr 19 28 tweets 6 min read
Blue Grass Blade, 1906


"For Christian Missionary Work In India-- Finds More Caste Exclusion in American Than In His Own Country"


#HindooHistory "It took the naked savages to literally dine off broiled missionary, but the following from Anaconda (Montana) Standard gives an account of a figurative roast reported from Butte. The report, which explains itself, is follows:"
Apr 8 12 tweets 3 min read
The Seattle Star, 1913



#HindooHistory #HindooPeril "We bar the Japs the Chinese, and talk of the yellow peril, but there is no law to bar a hundred million of these Hindus, should they care to come to the Pacific coast. Over 200 came to Seattle yesterday on the Great Northern liner Minnesota"
Apr 7 10 tweets 3 min read
The Ogden Standard, 1913

A synopsis of a short film, "The Yogi"

"Chinn Achma Chewat, real name Jim Morrisey, has been reaping a fat harvest from credulous women who have arrived at the dissatisfied age..."

#HindooHistory #HindooHollywood "He learns of the death of William Curten, the steel magnate, who has left an enormous fortune to his widow, well known for her interest in spiritual matters."
Mar 28 25 tweets 5 min read
The Sun, October 1919

"Hindu Temple, Now in America, Holds Mystery Yet to Be Solved"

"Scientists Puzzled in the Task of Reassembling Ancient Shrine Brought to This Country by Philadelphia Woman Who Died in War Service"

#HindooHistory Image "Centuries ago a Hindu temple was built in southern India. It was of the Dravidian architectural style, somewhat Egyptian in form but lacking the lofty massiveness of the Nile Valley shrines." Image
Feb 26 4 tweets 1 min read
The Evening Journal, 1908


"Physiological and Physical Therapeutics, Osteopathic, Neuralogic and Metaphysical Treatment"

#HindooHistory Image "Philadelphia clerical circles are agog over a very remarkable sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Elwood Worcester, who started the Emanuel Movement in Boston, and which was the practical illustration of the efficacy of 'Psychic Therapeutics,' or healing by the mental suggestion"
Feb 23 11 tweets 3 min read
San Francisco Call, 1906

"Boys WIth Slingshots Alarm Hindoos at Worship in Their Temple"

"Rumor of Plot to Assassinate Swami is the Result"

#HindooHistory "What was first thought to be a desperate plot to assassinate Swami Trigunatita, the Hindoo priest, and some of his followers in their temple at 2963 Webster street, has turned out to be nothing but he pranks of mischievous boys in the neighborhood"
Feb 21 24 tweets 5 min read
Cincinnati Daily Press, 1860

"Christianity and Brahminism"

"Mr. Gangooly, the converted Brahmin sailed recently for Europe on his return to Hindostan, where he will devote himself to preaching Christianity."

#HindooHistory "A young lady from Maine will join him at Calcutta, and also become a converted Brahmin. Just before his departure Mr. Gangooly delivered an address at Ealgewood, New Jersey, which we find published"
Feb 18 5 tweets 2 min read
The National Republican, 1877


"There is no place on earth where benevolent work among women is more needed than in India"

#HindooHistory Image "Christian missionaries have been trying for half a century to convert the Hindoos, but have scarcely succeeded in bettering the condition of the people at all"
Feb 17 7 tweets 2 min read
Evening Star, 1905


"Religious Savant From Orient to Preach 'Unity of Faith'"

#HindooHistory "Clad in a long flowing robe of black and a large white turban, P. Ramanathan, the religious leader of the Hindoo population of the Island of Ceylon, arrived in New York Saturday on the steamer Campania. "He is here to convert Americans to Hindooism"
Feb 13 34 tweets 7 min read
Chicago Tribune, 1881

"An Instructive Sermon in Behalf of Foreign Missions."

#HindooHistory "Now let me call your attention to a few facts. This age is a wonderful foreign missionary age in the history of the Christian Church. Take a review of the progress of the missionary work."
Feb 13 5 tweets 2 min read
The Washington Herald, 1911

"Raps Christian Science"

"Declaring the religion of the Hindoo people to be the philosophical undergirding of Mrs. Eddy's religion, Rev. Dr. Homer Stuntz, of New York, a secretary o the Board of Foreign Missions..."

#HindooHistory #ChristianScience "took occasion to bestow several carefully aimed raps at Christian Science last night during the course of a sermon at Douglas Memorial Church, where the Baltimore M.E. Conference held its only official meeting"
Jan 26 30 tweets 5 min read
Vermont Telegraph, 1838

"Connection of the British Government With Idolatry"

"The continuance and support given by Government to the prevailing forms of religion, is a weighty subject, and calls for the solemn consideration of British Christians"

#HindooHistory "I cannot but sympathize deeply with the missionaries, in the trials and obstructions they meet on this account They have little doubt but the pernicious influence of the Brahmins would wither..."
Jan 13 11 tweets 3 min read
The Republic, 1902


"He was the Original of Rudyard Kipling's Holy Man in 'Kim'"

#HindooHistory #BabaBharati Image "Baba Bharati, from India, has arrived in New York to make converts to his faith, which is 'Love for all Men.'" Image