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Education for Extinction Book Study

American Indians and the Boarding School Experience 1875-1928

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Education for Extinction:  American Indians and the Boarding School Experience 1875-1928 by David Wallace Adams   ISBN:  978-0700608386

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 youth living in a “total institution” designed to reconstruct them both psychologically and culturally. The assault on identity came in many forms: the shearing off of braids, the assignment of new names, uniformed drill routines, humiliating punishments, relentless attacks on native religious beliefs, patriotic indoctrinations, suppression of tribal languages, Victorian gender rituals, football contests, and industrial training.

Category: Social/Racial Justice

The cost associated with this registration is for course participation only. This course is eligible for 1 graduate credit through UND. Information on how to register and pay for the credit will be emailed to you after the start of the course.

Education for Extinction Book Study Registration March 2021

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