Allen's most influential work was in the field of education, as he worked at a government school before founding the Anglo-Chinese College in Shanghai. He was also a strong force in educating women at a time when that was very radical for Confucian society. His efforts helped to found the McTyreire School for girls. Allen also published several newspapers and magazines as a form of both evangelism and education, which influenced many Chinese reformers of the Self-Strengthening Movement and prompted philosophical discussions comparing Christianity and Confucianism.Adrian Arthur Bennett, Missionary Journalist in China: Young J. Allen and his Magazines, 1860-1883, Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press: 1982. His publications were popular among many Chinese for their attention to Western concepts of international relations, economics and the natural sciences.
Allen was born in Burke County, Georgia, USA, the son of Andrew Young John Allen and Jane Wooten Allen. His father died in November before his birth in January and his mother died twelve days after... Read More