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The Vanishing American: White Attitudes and U.S. Indian PolicyBrian W. Dippie
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"The assumption that the Indians are a vanishing race has about it the quality of self-fulfilling prophecy," Brian Dippie writes. In this classic study, first published in 1982, he traces the origins of this assumption and documents its insidious effects on U.S. policy toward Indians from the beginning of the nation's history through the Indian New Deal of the 1930s. He describes its role in early attempts at civilization and education, segregation of Indians west of the Mississippi, post-Civil War reform, the Dawes Act and allotment, the gradualism of early twentieth-century policy, the reform movement of the 1920s, John Collier's Indian Reorganization Act, and into the 1970s.
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
- 978-0-7006-0507-1 (paper)