The Rise and Fall and Rise of Civilizations: Indian Intellectual History at an Antebellum School
Dr. Christina Snyder
A call for scholars to study Indian intellectual history, this essay focuses on advanced Native American students at Choctaw Academy, the first national Indian boarding school in the United States. Operating during a crucial era of American imperialism, 1825 to 1848, Choctaw Academy was located in Great Crossings, Kentucky, though its student body represented fifteen different tribal nations ranging from Florida Seminoles to Dakotas from the northern Plains. Focusing on their coursework and assignments, this article reveals how Choctaw Academy’s students combined Indigenous knowledge with what they learned at school, a powerful alchemy which enabled them to theorize broadly about colonialism, sovereignty, and even the nature of history. Far from a straightforward story of alienation, the students’ engagement with their coursework demonstrates how young Indian intellectuals used their studies to articulate a more empowering and useful narrative of both American and global history.
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