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It is important to note that this is volume 4 of a 5 volume set. The title does not reflect that, nor does it make it easy to search the google library to find the other volumes. I do not know if the other volumes are even available.
I downloaded this because I have the 5 volumes of actual books. I do not want to carry them with me everywhere, so having an electronic copy that someone else has already prepared is easier. Unfortunately, I do not know how to find the other 4 volumes in the eBooks.
The information I find most interesting is actually in volume 2, beginning page 873, Chapter LXXX: Educational System. In reading that chapter, I had to look up two words, "normal" and "eleemosynary", even though I used to be a high school teacher. Normal did not refer to the antonym of abnormal, but to the standardization of education. We of the present have Core Curriculum standards students in the United States must meet now, at the start of the 21st century. But the same issue was a problem at the start of the 20th century. Every tribal territory could determine what it would teach and at what age. Normal schools (in those days before Internet, television, or even state-wide radio) were places where teachers met to learn what had been agreed upon as "normal" curriculum. I will leave it to you to figure out what a eleemosynary school is and how to pronounce it (it varies by dictionary).
The entire set of books interested me because it provides insight into things I wondered about but didn't know who I could ask. The writer wrote for a specific audience, as every successful writer does. In choosing what to say, he tells us about what he thought his audience would find interesting and what information he thought would be of future use even if it wasn't interesting.
He does it with a language that was common to his time, without regard for whether those words hold the same meaning now as then. Native Americans are Indians, though clarification is respectfully made as to tribes. Chapter XXXII: Development of Slavery in the Indian Territory (Vol. 1), that is about Negro slaves, not African-American slaves. I had the opportunity to buy the 1928 version of this set or the 1916 version. I chose the 1916 version specifically because the language would be more natural to the author than the doubly-thick 1928 version.
Oklahoma requires students to study Oklahoma history, as many states require their students to do. This set is much more than any student would study in class.
As a copy of volume 4, this is adequate. The scan is not very clean so the type is pixelated and some images have moire patterns. However, line art, such as signatures under photographs, are clear. I would hate to have to read the whole set this way, but it is great material. I'm glad this copy is here for everyone to read.