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A final promise : the campaign to assimilate the Indians, 1880-1920

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
Print Book, English, ©1984
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Neb., ©1984
xvi, 350 pages ; 24 cm
9780803223233, 0803223234
The appeal of assimilation
The campaign begins
The transformation of the Indian question
Frozen in time and space
The emergence of a colonial land policy
Schools for a dependent people
Redefining Indian citizenship
The irony of assimilation