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

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"Education for Extinction delivers on the promise of its title. This is a thorough and thoughtful study of the federal government's Indian education program that was explicitly aimed at extinguishing a culture. That it failed testifies to a deficient understanding of cultural dynamics as well as to the durability of Indian culture. An important contribution to the literature of Indian-white relations."—Robert M. Utley, author of The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull

"Adams has achieved something remarkable here: he offers a great deal of information on an important and difficult historical topic while never losing sight of its human dimension. Persuasive and moving, his book is full of good stories that should appeal to the general public."—Brian Dippie, author of The Vanishing American: White Attitudes and U.S. Indian Policy

"An outstanding contribution to the field of Indian history and the history of Indian education."—Robert Trennert, author of The Phoenix Indian School: Forced Assimilation in Arizona, 1891-1988

Author Biography: David Adams is associate professor of education at Cleveland State University and the author of chapters in Leonard Dinnerstein and Kenneth Jackson's American Vistas: 1877 to the Present and Philip Weeks's Native American Experience.

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An account of the Native American experience in government boarding schools, based on government archives, student and teacher autobiographies, and school newspapers, revealing coping strategies of Indian youth in institutions designed to reconstruct them psychologically and culturally. Chronicles the government's gradual retreat from its assimilationist vision due to student resistance and its contradictory set of humanitarian and racist motivations. Contains b&w photos. Of interest to students and general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700608386
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 372,535
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables
Prologue: 1882 1
Pt. 1 Civilization 3
1 Reform 5
2 Models 28
3 System 60
Pt. 2 Education 95
4 Institution 97
5 Classroom 136
6 Rituals 164
Pt. 3 Response 207
7 Resistance 209
8 Accommodation 239
Pt. 4 Causatum 271
9 Home 273
10 Policy 307
Conclusion 335
Notes 339
Index 391
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