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Federal Fathers and Mothers: A Social History of the United States Indian Service, 1869-1933 (New Directions in Southern Studies) [Hardcover]

Cathleen D. Cahill
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June 20, 2011 0807834726 978-0807834725 1
Established in 1824, the United States Indian Service (USIS), now known as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, was the agency responsible for carrying out U.S. treaty and trust obligations to American Indians, but it also sought to "civilize" and assimilate them. In Federal Fathers and Mothers, Cathleen Cahill offers the first in-depth social history of the agency during the height of its assimilation efforts in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Cahill shows how the USIS pursued a strategy of intimate colonialism, using employees as surrogate parents and model families in order to shift Native Americans' allegiances from tribal kinship networks to Euro-American familial structures and, ultimately, the U.S. government.

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Editorial Reviews


"A valuable contribution to Indian history."--Western Legal History

"Innovative and compelling reading by a promising young scholar. . . . Cahill writes beautifully. . . [and] her research and significant interventions into historiographic trends make this an important book."--Journal of Social History

"An outstanding investigation of the Indian Service and its employees. Cahill's work bolsters scholarship, challenging the unidirectional impact of empire and colonialism by demonstrating the domestic consequences of imperialism."--Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

"An in-depth social history of the United States Indian Service. . . . Well-researched, interesting, even inspirational, Cathleen Cahill's Federal Fathers and Mothers highlights Indian history and the American historical context and brings the term 'intimate colonialism' solidly into the lexicon."--Southwestern American Literature

"A groundbreaking account."--Ethnohistory

"A new perspective on Indian-U.S. relations during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. . . . An essential library addition for all scholars of federal policy and colonialism."--Western Historical Quarterly

"A major contribution to our understanding of how gender and ethnicity shaped Indian affairs in this era. The book is well written and deeply researched, and it gives readers a sophisticated and informed account of an era that remains understudied."--North Carolina Historical Review

"Cahill's work is perceptive and astute . . .[and] offers uncommon insights into myriad other topics."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"A social history in the best sense of the term."--New Books Network

"Cahill offers the first in-depth social history of the agency during the height of its assimilation efforts."--McCormick Messenger

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"Cathleen Cahill's extraordinary book examines the functioning of the Indian Service unlike any previous book. Her superb research makes important contributions not only to the history of American Indians but also to the history of U.S. development, understandings of internal colonialism, and the complex gendered and racial dimensions of Indian-white relations."--Linda Gordon, New York University

Product Details

  • Series: New Directions in Southern Studies
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (June 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807834726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807834725
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating portrait of the Indian Service December 11, 2012
By Nawana
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In addition to being eminently readable, this book is a fascinating look inside the Indian Service or Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA--native people say the initials really stand for "Bossing Indians Around" rather than "Bureau of Indian Affairs"). Cahill uses the stories of individual employees to illuminate the history of the Indian Service and its effect on Indigenous people. Whether they were employed by the Indian Service or simply impacted by Indian Service programs, the BIA is an integral part of many native peoples' lives. Cahill's meticulous research and respectful approach to the stories of Indigenous and white Indian Service employees makes her a convincing and trustworthy narrator. The story she tells is replete with details and context. If you are interested in any aspect of Native American history, read this book.
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