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White Man's Club: Schools, Race, and the Struggle of Indian Acculturation

White Man's Club: Schools, Race, and the Struggle of Indian Acculturation

by Jacqueline Fear-SegalJacqueline Fear-Segal


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Tens of thousands of Indian children filed through the gates of government schools to be trained as United States citizens. Part of a late-nineteenth-century campaign to eradicate Native cultures and communities, these institutions became arenas where whites debated the terms of Indian citizenship, but also where Native peoples resisted the power of white schooling and claimed new skills to protect and redefine tribal and Indian identities.
In White Man’s Club, schools for Native children are examined within the broad framework of race relations in the United States for the first time. Jacqueline Fear-Segal analyzes multiple schools and their differing agendas and engages with the conflicting white discourses of race that underlay their pedagogies. She argues that federal schools established to Americanize Native children did not achieve their purpose; instead they progressively racialized American Indians. A far-reaching and bold account of the larger issues at stake, White Man’s Club challenges previous studies for overemphasizing the reformers’ overtly optimistic assessment of the Indians’ capacity for assimilation and contends that a covertly racial agenda characterized this educational venture from the start. Asking the reader to consider the legacy of nineteenth-century acculturation policies, White Man’s Club incorporates the life stories and voices of Native students and traces the schools’ powerful impact into the twenty-first century.
Fear-Segal draws upon a rich array of source material. Traditional archival research is interwoven with analysis of maps, drawings, photographs, the built environment, and supplemented by oral and family histories. Creative use of new theoretical and interpretive perspectives brings fresh insights to the subject matter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803227880
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 11/01/2007
Series: Indigenous Education Series
Pages: 412
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jacqueline Fear-Segal is a senior lecturer in American history at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, and the author of articles in the Journal of American Studies, American Studies International, and Critical Engagement.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations   000

Acknowledgments               000

Introduction      000

Prologue: Prisoners Made Pupils     000


1.The Development of an Indian Educational System

      1. White Theories: Can the Indian be Educated?  000

      2. Native Views: "A New Road for All the Indians"     000

      3. Mission Schools in the West: Precursors of a System      000  

2. Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute

      4. Samuel Chapman Armstrong: Educator of Backward Races     000

      5. Thomas Wildcat Alford: Shawnee Educated in Two Worlds    000

3. Carlisle Indian Industrial School

      6. Richard Henry Pratt: National Universalist   000

      7. Carlisle Campus: Landscape of Race and Erasure     000

      8. Man-on-the-Bandstand: Surveillance, Concealment, and Resistance      000

      9. Indian School Cemetery: Telling Remains      000

4. Modes of Cultural Survival

      10. Kesetta: Memory and Recovery    000

      11. Susie Rayos Marmon: Storytelling and Teaching     000

Epilogue: Cultural Survival as Performance, Powwow 2000     000

Notes 000

Bibliography      000

Index 000

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