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The Oxford History of Popular Print CultureVolume Six: US Popular Print Culture 1860-1920$
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Christine Bold

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.001.0001

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‘To make something of the Indian’

‘To make something of the Indian’

Hampton Institute and the Uses of Popular Print Culture

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Chapter 20 ‘To make something of the Indian’
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The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture
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Susan Scheckel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.003.0021

This chapter examines popular print culture, performance, and federal policy as a ‘self-reinforcing circuit’ of representation that trained Native American students at the Hampton Institute for ‘citizenship’. Hampton, located near Jamestown, Virginia, is best known for its work among African Americans, but as early as 1870 Samuel Chapman Armstrong launched a campaign to recruit American Indians to the school. This chapter explores Armstrong’s use of newspapers and magazines to influence public opinion and policy as well as generate support for his educational project. It shows how popular print culture positioned Hampton’s educational experiment in dialogue with the debates over American Indian policy.

Keywords:   popular print culture, federal policy, Native American students, Hampton Institute, citizenship, Samuel Chapman Armstrong, American Indians, newspapers, magazines, public opinion

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