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The Thomas Indian School and the "Irredeemable" Children of New York- Book

 
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A brand new book published by The Syracuse University Press by Professor Keith Burich of Canisius College.

The story of the Thomas Indian School is the story of the Iroquois people and
the suffering and despair of the children who found themselves trapped in an
institution from which there was little chance for escape. Although the school
began as a refuge for children, it also served as a mechanism for "civilizing"
and converting native children to Christianity. As the school’s population
swelled and financial support dried up, the founders were forced to turn the
school over to the state of New York. Under the State Board of Charities,
children were subjected to prejudice, poor treatment, and long-term
institutionalization, resulting in alienation from their families and cultures.
In this harrowing yet essential book, Burich offers new and important insights
into the role and nature of boarding schools and their destructive effect on
generations of indigenous populations.

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