Man in the Middle: The Boarding School Education of Will West Long

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Jill Elizabeth Ingram (Creator)
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Andrew Denson

Abstract: This thesis examines the boarding school education of Will West Long(circa 1870-194 7), a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Basedlargely on analysis of sources from the archives of Trinity College (now DukeUniversity) and Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), where Longviiattended school, this thesis argues that from his boarding school education, Longgained insight to place, race, and identity that allowed him to conce1ve of theEastern Band as culturally distinct, intrinsically valuable, and in some waysattractive to the dominant white culture. When he returned to the QuallaBoundary after more than a decade away, Long employed this understandingthrough his work as a tribal politician, language preservationist, culturalpreservationist, and anthropological informant to help shape modern EasternBand identity.

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Language: English
Date: 2008

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