The Quest for Citizenship

The Quest for Citizenship

African American and Native American Education in Kansas, 1880-1935

eBook - 2010
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In The Quest for Citizenship , Kim Cary Warren examines the formation of African American and Native American citizenship, belonging, and identity in the United States by comparing educational experiences in Kansas between 1880 and 1935. Warren focuses her study on Kansas, thought by many to be the quintessential free state, not only because it was home to sizable populations of Indian groups and former slaves, but also because of its unique history of conflict over freedom during the antebellum period.



After the Civil War, white reformers opened segregated schools, ultimately reinforcing the very racial hierarchies that they claimed to challenge. To resist the effects of these reformers' actions, African Americans developed strategies that emphasized inclusion and integration, while autonomy and bicultural identities provided the focal point for Native Americans' understanding of what it meant to be an American. Warren argues that these approaches to defining American citizenship served as ideological precursors to the Indian rights and civil rights movements.



This comparative history of two nonwhite races provides a revealing analysis of the intersection of education, social control, and resistance, and the formation and meaning of identity for minority groups in America.

Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780807899441
0807899445
0807871370
9780807871379
0807833967
9780807833964
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 229 p.) : ill., map

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