Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875-1928

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Truly one of the best, most detailed accounts of this tragic era in American genocide policy.


Education for Extinction is a heartbreaking book. Here, Adams chronicles the U.S. government’s policy of education as warfare in its relentless effort to subjugate the Indian nations through the children. Beginning with the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in 1879, thousands of Indian children were forcibly removed from their lands, cultures, families and communities; deprived of their languages and everything they knew, and indoctrinated in the cruelest ways. Here are the drills, the chores the military uniforms, and the daily humiliations, large and small. Here are the guardhouses for children who were punished and worse for not knowing what was expected of them. Here are the children’s cemeteries behind many of the schools. But despite all the attempts to “kill the Indian and save the man,” Adams’ first-person accounts demonstrate that the children were anything but passive recipients of forced “civilization.”


Author: David Wallace Adams

Illustrations: Black and white photos

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1995

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Various U.S. tribes