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In the White Man's Image

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58 minutes
Source: Out of print

In St. Augustine, Florida, in 1875, an ambitious experiment was conceived: to teach Native Americans to become imitation white men. With the blessing of Congress, the first school for Indians was established in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to continue this "civilizing" mission. Indian students had their hair cut short and were forbidden to speak their native languages, or visit home for up to five years. By 1902, there were 26 reservation boarding schools. In the White Man’s Image examines how this humanist experiment was actually cultural genocide in disguise.

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