Assimilation's Agent

Assimilation's Agent

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Assimilation?s Agent reveals the life and opinions of Edwin L. Chalcraft (1855?1943), a superintendent in the federal Indian boarding schools during the critical periodAcof forced assimilation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Chalcraft was hired by the Office of Indian Affairs (now known as the Bureau of Indian Affairs) in 1883. During his nearly four decades of service, he worked at a number of Indian boarding schools and agencies, including the Chehalis Indian School in Oakville, Washington; Puyallup Indian School in Tacoma, Washington; Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon; Wind River Indian School in Wind River, Wyoming; Jones Male Academy in Hartshorne, Oklahoma; and Siletz Indian Agency in Oregon. In this memoir Chalcraft discusses the Grant peace policy, the inspection system, allotment, the treatment of tuberculosis, corporal punishment, alcoholism, and patronage. Extensive coverage is also given to the Indian Shaker Church and the government?s response to this perceived threat to assimilation. Assimilation?s Agent illuminates the sometimes treacherous political maneuverings and difficult decisions faced by government officials at Indian boarding schools. It offers a rarely heard and today controversial qtop-downq view of government policies to educate and assimilate Indians. Drawing on a large collection of unpublished letters and documents, Cary C. Collins?s introduction and notes furnish important historical background and context. Assimilation?s Agent illustrates the government's long-term program for dealing with Native peoples and the shortcomings of its approach during one of the most consequential eras in the long and often troubled history of American Indian and white relations.... Sears, Roebuck, and Company aquot;kitaquot; house sat an attached garage wherein resided aquot;Angie, aquot; the ownera#39;s 1918 Model T Ford. ... South America to Washington Territory, the desk had afforded a lifetime of valuable service through interludes of the deepest crises. It was here, in this room, on a manual Underwood typewriter sitting atop that wonderful desk at Ninth and Cherry Streets on First Hill in Seattle, anbsp;...

Title:Assimilation's Agent
Author:Edwin L. Chalcraft
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2004


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