The Yale Indian: The Education of Henry Roe Cloud

The Yale Indian: The Education of Henry Roe Cloud

by Joel Pfister
     
 

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A biography of Henry Roe Cloud (c. 1884–1950), a Winnebago educator, scholar, and minister who was one of the most renowned Native Americans of his time.See more details below

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A biography of Henry Roe Cloud (c. 1884–1950), a Winnebago educator, scholar, and minister who was one of the most renowned Native Americans of his time.

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“[A] strong work of psychobiography—well researched, written, and illustrated. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” - D. Steeples, Choice

“Joel Pfister’s study of the career of Henry Roe Cloud makes a useful and insightful contribution to the growing body of knowledge about the group of American Indian intellectuals and activists whose careers flourished in the early part of the twentieth century. . . . Roe Cloud’s career offers a study not of adaptation but of a specifically American kind of self-determination, in this case through a canny awareness of the crucial significance of class.” - Lucy Maddox, American Historical Review

“[A] commendable study. . . . Pfister has drawn heavily on the extensive Roe Cloud correspondence in Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library to construct a convincing analysis of Roe Cloud's education, which he aptly deems ‘a cross-cultural encounter’ (p. 99).” - Margaret Connell Szasz, Journal of American History

“The real value of this book, it seems, is that Pfister is a talented cultural studies scholar who offers a new framework for understanding Henry Roe Cloud. Further work on Roe Cloud will benefit immensely from the The Yale Indian’s conceptual framework.” - Francis Flavin, Ethnohistory

The Yale Indian advances a project begun in Joel Pfister’s Individuality Incorporated and also breaks new ground. This book, based on archival research, is about the Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) Henry Roe Cloud (1884–1950), the first full-blood Indian to graduate from Yale (BA 1910, MA 1914). Mostly overlooked by historians, in his era he was recognized as one of the greatest Native leaders. Roe Cloud expanded the meaning of ‘Indian,’ in part by striving to develop a university-trained professional and managerial class of Native people at a time when the Carlisle Institute was educating Indians to work on Ford’s assembly lines. This is a rich and important book.”—Arnold Krupat, author of Red Matters: Native American Studies

“A provocative anatomy of the privileges and penalties of an elite early-twentieth-century liberal education for one accomplished Native American, Henry Roe Cloud, the “Yale Indian” of the title. Drawing upon a rich array of Roe Cloud’s personal and professional correspondence as well as published papers, Joel Pfister lays bare the effects of powerful and mutually sustaining operations of Indianization, individuation, sentimentalization, spiritualization, professionalization, and bureaucratization on Roe Cloud’s life course and chances. In the process, he brilliantly illuminates Roe Cloud’s strategic and successful self-fashioning as a classed, raced, sexed, and gendered modern subject at a particular place and time. As Indian-White history, The Yale Indian also extends and deepens our sense of the productivity of private life in forging and maintaining what Ann Stoler has termed the ‘tense and tender ties’ of U. S. Empire.”—Laura Wexler, author of Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U. S. Imperialism

Margaret Connell Szasz

“[A] commendable study. . . . Pfister has drawn heavily on the extensive Roe Cloud correspondence in Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library to construct a convincing analysis of Roe Cloud's education, which he aptly deems ‘a cross-cultural encounter’ (p. 99).”
D. Steeples

“[A] strong work of psychobiography—well researched, written, and illustrated. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.”
Lucy Maddox

“Joel Pfister’s study of the career of Henry Roe Cloud makes a useful and insightful contribution to the growing body of knowledge about the group of American Indian intellectuals and activists whose careers flourished in the early part of the twentieth century. . . . Roe Cloud’s career offers a study not of adaptation but of a specifically American kind of self-determination, in this case through a canny awareness of the crucial significance of class.”
Francis Flavin

“The real value of this book, it seems, is that Pfister is a talented cultural studies scholar who offers a new framework for understanding Henry Roe Cloud. Further work on Roe Cloud will benefit immensely from the The Yale Indian’s conceptual framework.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822392392
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Publication date:
05/22/2009
Series:
New Americanists
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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