The Birth of the American Indian Manual Labor Boarding School: Social Control Through Culture Destruction, 1820-1850 (Hardback)Jeffrey R. McDade (author)
Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 01/02/2009
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This book argues that the roots of the manual labor boarding school for American Indian youth, and the explanation for its development and spread, are to be found in the ideology that gave also birth to the penitentiary. In the early nineteenth century, a new institution was developed for the purpose of educating American Indian youth, the manual labor boarding school. This research seeks to explain the establishment and diffusion of this institution within this historical period. It is the contention of this research that the manual labor boarding school arose within the context of a larger social movement that was represented by an ideological shift regarding the appropriate methods of social control for growing 'problem populations' in the rapidly urbanizing and industrializing America. This ideological shift resulted in the birth of a new type of specialized institution, represented by the penitentiary. Specific cases of mission schools of the early nineteenth century are examined and compared to the model of the penitentiary. This research finds sufficient evidence to support the position that the roots of the manual labor boarding school for American Indian youth and the explanation for its development and spread are to be found in the ideology that gave also birth to the penitentiary. This work will appeal to scholars of socialization and social control, as well as Native American history.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Number of pages: 192
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