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Literacy and Intellectual Life in the Cherokee Nation, 1820-1906 (Hardcover): James W. Parins

Literacy and Intellectual Life in the Cherokee Nation, 1820-1906 (Hardcover)

James W. Parins

Series: American Indian Literature & Critical Studies (Hardcover), 58

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Many Anglo-Americans in the nineteenth century regarded Indian tribes as little more than illiterate bands of savages in need of "civilizing." Few were willing to recognize that one of the major Southeastern tribes targeted for removal west of the Mississippi already had an advanced civilization with its own system of writing and rich literary tradition. In "Literacy and Intellectual Life in the Cherokee Nation, 1820-1906," James W. Parins traces the rise of bilingual literacy and intellectual life in the Cherokee Nation during the nineteenth century--a time of intense social and political turmoil for the tribe.
By the 1820s, Cherokees had perfected a system for writing their language--the syllabary created by Sequoyah--and in a short time taught it to virtually all their citizens. Recognizing the need to master the language of the dominant society, the Cherokee Nation also developed a superior public school system that taught students in English. The result was a literate population, most of whom could read the "Cherokee Phoenix, "the tribal newspaper founded in 1828 and published in both Cherokee and English.
English literacy allowed Cherokee leaders to deal with the white power structure on their own terms: Cherokees wrote legal briefs, challenged members of Congress and the executive branch, and bargained for their tribe as white interests sought to take their land and end their autonomy. In addition, many Cherokee poets, fiction writers, essayists, and journalists published extensively after 1850, paving the way for the rich literary tradition that the nation preserves and fosters today.
"Literary and Intellectual Life in the Cherokee Nation, 1820-1906" takes a fascinating look at how literacy served to unite Cherokees during a critical moment in their national history, and advances our understanding of how literacy has functioned as a tool of sovereignty among Native peoples, both historically and today.

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Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: American Indian Literature & Critical Studies (Hardcover), 58
Release date: October 2013
First published: November 2013
Authors: James W. Parins
Dimensions: 218 x 145 x 25mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Sewn / Cloth over boards / With dust jacket
Pages: 276
ISBN-13: 978-0-8061-4399-6
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > History > History of specific subjects
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
LSN: 0-8061-4399-1
Barcode: 9780806143996

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