Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663-1880: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663-1880 (Google eBook)

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Oct 11, 2010 - History - 296 pages
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In 1663, the Puritan missionary John Eliot, with the help of a Nipmuck convert whom the English called James Printer, produced the first Bible printed in North America. It was printed not in English but in Algonquian, making it one of the first books printed in a Native language. In this ambitious and multidisciplinary work, Phillip Round examines the relationship between Native Americans and printed books over a two-hundred-year period, uncovering the individual, communal, regional, and political contexts for Native peoples' use of the printed word. From the northeastern woodlands to the Great Plains, Round argues, alphabetic literacy and printed books mattered greatly in the emergent, transitional cultural formations of indigenous nations threatened by European imperialism.

Removable Typeshowcases the varied ways that Native peoples produced and utilized printed texts over time, approaching them as both opportunity and threat. Surveying this rich history, Round addresses such issues as the role of white missionaries and Christian texts in the dissemination of print culture in Indian Country, the establishment of "national" publishing houses by tribes, the production and consumption of bilingual texts, the importance of copyright in establishing Native intellectual sovereignty (and the sometimes corrosive effects of reprinting thereon), and the significance of illustrations.
  

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Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663–1880

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Many historians have written about how the Bible was used by French, Spanish, and English missionaries in the Americas to "civilize" native peoples. This account by Round (English, American Indian ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Toward an Indian Bibliography
5
The Coming of the Book to Indian Country
21
Being and Becoming Literate in the EighteenthCentury Native Northeast
46
New and Uncommon Means
73
Public Writing I To Feel Interest in Our Welfare
97
Public Writing II The Cherokee a Reading and Intellectual People
123
Proprietary Authorship
150
The Culture of Reprinting
173
Indigenous Illustration
200
The View from Red Clouds Grave
223
Notes
231
Bibliography
261
Index
277
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Phillip H. Round is professor of English and American Indian and Native studies at the University of Iowa.

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