The Movement for Indian Assimilation, 1860-1890

The Movement for Indian Assimilation, 1860-1890

The Movement for Indian Assimilation, 1860-1890

The Movement for Indian Assimilation, 1860-1890

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This book is meant to answer a need for better understanding of federal Indian policy during the period of crisis in United States--American Indian relations following the Civil War. Many studies of the various tribes and of hostilities with them have been published, with little comprehension of Grant "Peace Policy" or of the forces that established it. Previous works have not portrayed the "Peace Policy" as a phase of a Protestant movement for the assimilation of Indians, which culminated with the passage of the Dawes Act; nor has the Catholic reaction to this movement been adequately treated.

The sources given in the Bibliography are those which make a distinct contribution to the text, and no attempt has been made here to include all of the literature on Indian affairs for the post-Civil War period. Because earlier studies of the subject seemed unsatisfactory, the author has relied mostly upon the extensive primary sources.

It is impractical to name the many persons who have helped prepare the manuscript; their services were invaluable and are gratefully remembered. The author wishes to thank St. Olaf College for aid which made possible a summer research trip to several archives in the East, and especially to express appreciation to Professor Ernest S. Osgood, under whose guidance this study was begun in 1955 at the University of Minnesota.

H.E.F.

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