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By Jon Reyhner, Jeanne Eder

ISBN-10: 080613593X

ISBN-13: 9780806135939

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Sergeant [1743] 1929, 3; original emphasis) When Sargeant died in 1749, the school had fifty-five students, and it was supported in part by gifts from rich Londoners and a grant from the Massachusetts General Assembly. The school continued to operate for only a few years after his death. Some of its students went on to Dartmouth College, which was founded by Eleazar Wheelock (Layman 1942). Eleazar Wheelock and Samson Occom Eleazar Wheelock and Samson Occom (fig. 1) were among the most prominent colonial missionaries of the eighteenth century.

Hopis opposed Franciscan missionaries who established a mission in Awatovi in 1629 and later at Shongopavi and Oraibi. An apostate from one of the Christian pueblos had told the Hopis that “some Spaniards, whom they would meet shortly, were coming to burn their pueblos, steal their property and behead their children, and that other Spaniards with the tonsures and vestments were nothing but imposters and that they should not allow them to sprinkle water on their heads because they were certain to die from it” (quoted in Whiteley 1988, 17).

The American Board was running nineteen schools, the Choctaw Nation five schools, and the Catholic Church four schools (ARCIA 1836). Harris was forced out of office in 1838 under charges of corruption involving speculation on Indian lands (Satz 1979). His successor, T. Hartley Crawford, formalized development of manual labor schools to educate Indian children in farming and homemaking (ARCIA 1838). Crawford even took four Indian boys into his home. In 1842 Crawford stated that “the greatest good we can bestow upon” Indians “is education, in its broadest sense—education in letters; education in labor and the mechanic arts; education in morals; education in Christianity” (ARCIA 1842, 379).

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