Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875-1928 / Edition 1

Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875-1928 / Edition 1

by David Wallace Adams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0700608389

ISBN-13: 9780700608386

Pub. Date: 10/28/1995

Publisher: University Press of Kansas

The last "Indian war" was fought against Native American children in the dormitories and classrooms of government boarding schools. Only by removing Indian children from their homes for extended periods of time, policymakers reasoned, could white "civilization" take root while childhood memories of "savagism" gradually faded to the point of extinction. In the words of…  See more details below

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The last "Indian war" was fought against Native American children in the dormitories and classrooms of government boarding schools. Only by removing Indian children from their homes for extended periods of time, policymakers reasoned, could white "civilization" take root while childhood memories of "savagism" gradually faded to the point of extinction. In the words of one official, "Kill the Indian and save the man." Education for Extinction offers the first comprehensive account of this dispiriting effort. Much more than a study of federal Indian policy, this book vividly details the day-to-day experiences of Indian youths living in a "total institution" designed to reconstruct them both psychologically and culturally. Based upon extensive use of government archives, Indian and teacher autobiographies, and school newspapers, it is essential reading for anyone interested in Western history, Native American studies, American race relations, educational history, or multi-culturalism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700608386
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
396
Sales rank:
159,936
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables
Preface
Prologue: 18821
Pt. 1Civilization3
1Reform5
2Models28
3System60
Pt. 2Education95
4Institution97
5Classroom136
6Rituals164
Pt. 3Response207
7Resistance209
8Accommodation239
Pt. 4Causatum271
9Home273
10Policy307
Conclusion335
Notes339
Index391

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