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Native Tongues: Colonialism and Race from Encounter to the Reservation - Harvard Historical Studies (Hardback)
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Native Tongues: Colonialism and Race from Encounter to the Reservation - Harvard Historical Studies (Hardback)

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Hardback 330 Pages / Published: 06/01/2015
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Exploring the morally entangled territory of language and race in 18th- and 19th-century America, Sean Harvey shows that whites' theories of an "Indian mind" inexorably shaped by Indian languages played a crucial role in the subjugation of Native peoples and informed the U.S. government's efforts to extinguish Native languages for years to come.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674289932
Number of pages: 330
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 246 x 160 x 28 mm


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An impressive book that demonstrates the importance of American thinking about the New World's indigenous languages. Harvey argues convincingly that intellectuals, policymakers, and missionaries used linguistic theory to buttress American racialism against Indians and to justify Indian dispossession and assaults on Indian culture. Native Tongues is notable in considering Indians not just as objects of white study, but as participants in the process of gathering and interpreting data about their languages.--David J. Silverman, author of Red Brethren: The Brothertown and Stockbridge Indians and the Problem of Race in Early America
An engaging and rich history that traces the study of indigenous American languages with depth and sophistication. Harvey demonstrates that the study of language became a way to understand fundamental aspects of Native culture and, as it was understood in the nineteenth century, 'race.'--Peter C. Mancall, author of Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson

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