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A Final Promise: The Campaign to Assimilate the Indians, 1880-1920

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"This is an important book. In the latter nineteenth century, diverse and influential elements in white America combined forces to settle the 'Indian question' through assimilation. . . . The results were the essentially treaty-breaking Dawes Act of 1887, related legislation, and dubious court decisions. Schoolteachers and missionaries were dispatched to the reservations en masse. Eventual 'citizenship' without functional rights was given Native Americans; the Indians lost two-thirds of reservation land as it had existed before the ...

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Overview

"This is an important book. In the latter nineteenth century, diverse and influential elements in white America combined forces to settle the 'Indian question' through assimilation. . . . The results were the essentially treaty-breaking Dawes Act of 1887, related legislation, and dubious court decisions. Schoolteachers and missionaries were dispatched to the reservations en masse. Eventual 'citizenship' without functional rights was given Native Americans; the Indians lost two-thirds of reservation land as it had existed before the assimilationist campaign. . . . With insight and skill that go well beyond craft, Hoxie has admirably defined issues and motives, placed economic/political/social interaction into cogent perspective, brought numerous Anglo and Indian individuals and organizations to life, and set forth important lessons."-Choice.

"This significant study of Indian-white relations during a complex time in national politics deserves close attention."-American Indian Quarterly.

"Important and intellectually challenging . . . This volume goes far to fill a large gap in the history of United States Indian policy."-Journal of American History.

Frederick E. Hoxie is director of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library. He coedited (with Joan Mark) E. Jane Gay's With the Nez Percés: Alice Fletcher in the Field, 1889-92 (Nebraska 1981).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803273276
  • Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 1,096,337
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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Frederick E. Hoxie is director of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library. He coedited (with Joan Mark) E. Jane Gay's With the Nez Percés: Alice Fletcher in the Field, 1889–92 (Nebraska 1981).
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Bison Books Edition
Preface
1 The Appeal of Assimilation 1
2 The Campaign Begins 41
3 The Transformation of the Indian Question 83
4 Frozen in Time and Space 115
5 The Emergence of a Colonial Land Policy 147
6 Schools for a Dependent People 189
7 Redefining Indian Citizenship 211
8 The Irony of Assimilation 239
App. 1 Senate Roll Call Votes 245
App. 2 Congressional Appropriations 253
App. 3 Indians' Personal Rights and Liberties 255
Notes 257
Bibliography 293
Index 331
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