Indian Boarding Schools

This paper discusses Indian boarding schools that were designed to assimilate Native American children into the greater American (white) culture.

The paper discusses the Indian boarding schools that represent an early attempt to subjugate the Native American culture. The author believes that the schools disappeared due to reports of mistreatment of the children and financial concerns. The author states that the schools should serve as a reminder that our nation has learned much about cultural diversity.
“Boarding schools first became vogue prior to the American Civil War. During this time, idealistic reformers put forth the idea that Indians could become “civilized” with the proper education and treatment. Prior to this time, most white Americans had seen the American Indian population with great fear. Captain Richard Henry Pratt was one of the leading proponents of this movement and believed that he could “kill the Indian and save the man.” ”