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By Edwin L. Chalcraft

Assimilation’s Agent unearths the existence and evaluations of Edwin L. Chalcraft (1855–1943), a superintendent within the federal Indian boarding colleges through the severe period of pressured assimilation within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. Chalcraft used to be employed via the place of work of Indian Affairs (now often called the Bureau of Indian Affairs) in 1883. in the course of his approximately 4 many years of provider, he labored at a few Indian boarding colleges and corporations, together with the Chehalis Indian institution in Oakville, Washington; Puyallup Indian institution in Tacoma, Washington; Chemawa Indian college in Salem, Oregon; Wind River Indian college in Wind River, Wyoming; Jones Male Academy in Hartshorne, Oklahoma; and Siletz Indian business enterprise in Oregon.

In this memoir Chalcraft discusses the supply peace coverage, the inspection method, allotment, the remedy of tuberculosis, corporal punishment, alcoholism, and patronage. vast assurance can be given to the Indian Shaker Church and the government’s reaction to this perceived possibility to assimilation. Assimilation’s Agent illuminates the occasionally treacherous political maneuverings and tough judgements confronted by way of executive officers at Indian boarding colleges. It bargains a hardly ever heard and at the present time arguable "top-down" view of presidency regulations to teach and assimilate Indians.

Drawing on a wide choice of unpublished letters and files, Cary C. Collins’s advent and notes provide very important old history and context. Assimilation’s Agent illustrates the government's long term application for facing local peoples and the shortcomings of its technique in the course of the most consequential eras within the lengthy and sometimes bothered heritage of yankee Indian and white relations.

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