An American in China (1895 - 1944)

Daniel W. Crofts

Upstream Odyssey traces the fascinating life of Protestant missionary Daniel Crofts, the author’s grandfather, who worked in China from 1895 to 1944 as a member of the China Inland Mission (CIM).

Daniel arrived in China as the missionary tide was rising and stayed until it ebbed, half a century later. He was based after 1904 in Guizhou Province, part of southwest China’s remote interior. A slow two-month journey upriver separated Guizhou from the coast—and from the world beyond.

Daniel witnessed the continuing rhythms of daily life during a time of desperate poverty, political upheaval, banditry, revolution, and war. His experiences illuminate in miniature a central thread of modern world history—China’s encounter with the West.

Daniel W. Crofts is Professor of History and former Chair of the History Department at The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) and earlier served as President of its Faculty Senate. His primary teaching and research specialties are the Old South and the North-South sectional conflict and he has published several books in the field.

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