This thesis examines literacy development among the Algonquian-speaking Indian peoples of New England from approximately the years 1600-1775. Indians had forms of literacy prior to the coming of European settlers, who introduced them to English literacy for the purpose of proselytization. I describe the process of English-language literacy taking hold during colonization and argue that Indians in the colonial period subverted the colonizing intent of English-language literacy to preserve their mother tongues, their claims to land and affirm their nationhood as a people.
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- Native American Studies
- American History
- Indian Bible
- John Eliot
- praying towns
- Algonquian Indians--New England--Languages--History.
- Algonquian Indians
- Algonquian languages--New England--History.
- Algonquian languages
- Languages in contact--New England--History.
- Languages in contact
- Partial requirement for: M.S., Arizona State University, 2016Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 121-130)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: American Indian studies