Item #7991 Doorway Toward the Light. L. Madison Coombs, Hildegard Thompson, foreword.
Doorway Toward the Light
Doorway Toward the Light
Doorway Toward the Light

Doorway Toward the Light. The Story of the Special Navajo Education Program

Washington, D.C. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1962. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher’s photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.

Official government report from 1962 detailing the development of the Special Navajo Education program. Considered a "hidden part of American history," the post-war initiative sought to prepare students to leave their reservation communities and assimilate as low-status workers in white American society. Focusing largely on the Sherman Institute in Riverside, California (one of a hundred off-reservation boarding schools founded in 1903), the report highlights a central plank of the larger federal effort to solve what was seen as the ongoing "Indian problem." Includes a brief history of the economy and culture of the Navajo people, a draft of the program, a discussion of curriculum changes and additions, information on the establishment of the Intermountain School in Utah, and several appendices. Extensively illustrated with black-and-white photos. Some soiling and light foxing to wraps. Very good. A compelling document of the US's strained relationship with a fundamental part of its history. Item #7991

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