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By Frederick E. Hoxie

"This is a vital e-book. within the latter 19th century, varied and influential parts in white the US mixed forces to settle the 'Indian query' via assimilation. . . . the implications have been the basically treaty-breaking Dawes Act of 1887, similar laws, and doubtful court docket judgements. Schoolteachers and missionaries have been dispatched to the reservations en masse. Eventual 'citizenship' with out useful rights was once given local american citizens; the Indians misplaced two-thirds of reservation land because it had existed prior to the assimilationist crusade. . . . With perception and talent that move way past craft, Hoxie has admirably outlined concerns and explanations, positioned economic/political/social interplay into cogent point of view, introduced various Anglo and Indian contributors and firms to lifestyles, and set forth very important lessons."-Choice. "This major learn of Indian-white family in the course of a fancy time in nationwide politics merits shut attention."-American Indian Quarterly. "Important and intellectually hard . . . This quantity is going a ways to fill a wide hole within the historical past of usa Indian policy."-Journal of yank background. Frederick E. Hoxie is director of the D'Arcy McNickle middle for the background of the yankee Indian on the Newberry Library. He coedited (with Joan Mark) E. Jane Gay's With the Nez Perc?s: Alice Fletcher within the box, 1889-92 (Nebraska 1981).

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Every editor agreed that the problem was not how to keep whites away from tribal lands, but how to manage Indians so that American “progress” could continue. ” Expansionists dwelled in every camp. 20 As they condemned the Indians for failing to “develop” their lands and called for more “civilization,” editors added that the nation had a special obligation to the tribes. “The sins committed by Americans upon Indians . . ” At the same time the editors made it clear that help for Native Americans did not require white Protestants to abandon their sense of racial superiority.

35 Social evolutionary theories also influenced Powell’s view of specific findings. For example, an extensive study of the eastern mound builders proved to him that these people were at “about the same culture-status” as historic tribes and not the remnants of some lost golden civilization. ” The most striking example of the major’s insistence on conceptual purity came in 1896, when he criticized the young ethnologist James Mooney for comparing the ghost dance religion to Christian revivalism. ” Progress followed a single, predictable path.

25 But the anthropologists of the late nineteenth century had more in common than an incipient professionalism and their fascination with Indians. The men and women who staffed the new bureau and participated in the anthropological society also shared a common intellectual heritage. They came from widely different backgrounds some had very little advanced training but they all accepted social evolution as the general explanation of human development. Lewis Henry Morgan (1818–81) was the chief American proponent of this point of view.

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