Copway's American Indian is a significant, if short-lived, publication in that it is an attempt by an American Indian writer and editor to reach an intelligent and educated Anglo audience in a familiar medium. Copway attempted to enlighten his readers by demonstrating that while the Euro-American culture was a vital force on the North American continent in 1851, the American Indian cultures were no less rich and alive and no less worthy of serious attention. Copway also used the publication to publicize his plan for the "colonization" of the dispossessed tribes of the Great Lakes area, one of the early efforts by people with pan-Indian vision to establish an Indian state.
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Title and Title Changes: Copway' s American Indian ( 1851)
Volume and Issue Data: Copway's American Indian (Vol. 1, No. 1, July 10, 1851-Vol. 1, No. 12, September 27, 1851)
Publisher and Place of Publication: George Copway, New York City ( 1851)
Editor: George Copway ( 1851)
The Council Fire, founded by Alfred Benjamin Meacham, began publication at Philadelphia in January, 1878, as "a monthly journal devoted to the civilization and rights of the American Indian." Meacham aimed to publish materials related to the history, character, social life, religion, government, and legends of the Indians as well as "a full discussion" of American relations with the Indians. This latter was, in reality, his prime purpose for establishing the journal and became as time passed, more pronounced in its contents.
Meacham disavowed any" 'sickly sentimentality' "about the" 'noble red man.' "Like most pro-Indian reformers of his day, he believed in assimilation