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Subversive Implications of American Indian Literacy in New England's Praying Towns from 1620-1774


Abstract This thesis examines literacy development among the Algonquian-speaking Indian peoples of New England from approximately the years 1600-1775. Indians had forms of literacy prior to the coming of European settlers, who introduced them to English literacy for the purpose of proselytization. I describe the process of English-language literacy taking hold during colonization and argue that Indians in the colonial period subverted the colonizing intent of English-language literacy to preserve their mother tongues, their claims to land and affirm their nationhood as a people.
Created Date 2016
Contributor Langenfeld, Mark (Author) / Riding In, James (Advisor) / Romero-Little, Mary Eunice (Committee member) / Marley, Tennille (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Native American studies / American history / Education / Algonquian / Indian Bible / John Eliot / literacy / Metacom / praying towns
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 136 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis American Indian Studies 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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