Mr. And Mrs. Eastman Analysis

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Mr. and Mrs. Eastman 1858-1953 Historical Background:  Mr. & Mrs. Eastman lived in the aftermath of the Civil War, which sought to “civilize” non-white peoples.  Many Native American children were taken from their families and sent to distant (off-reservation) boarding schools.  While at the boarding school, they had to cut their hair, wear western clothing, become Christians, and abandon their native language.  While the whites prospered from the Native Americans’ land, many Native American tribes struggled to make ends meet.  The Minnesota Massacre or Dakota War of 1862 represents this hostile environment. Biographical Background: Charles Eastman (Hakadah) (1858-1939):  Hakadah means pitiful last  Charles’ mother died during childbirth, so his…show more content…
 In 1980, she married Charles; Elaine spoke of her marriage as “my gift of myself to a Sioux.”  Elaine continued to write during the marriage, and wrote books like Sister to the Sioux to describe her experiences.  Elaine encouraged Charles to write about his Indian childhood, which began his literary career Philosophy of Education:  Elaine worked against the system that removed Native American children from their families to educate them at board schools  She believed that if the Native Americans didn’t assimilate, they would be annihilated.  She always believed in the superiority of her own Anglo culture.  Charles never forgot his culture and within two decades wrote ten books about his culture.  Charles spent most of his life “trying to reconcile the opposing values and beliefs of white society and Sioux culture.”  Charles served as an advisor to the Coolidge administration on Indian policy; he was a national spokesman for Indian concerns.  The Eastmans noted that Native American children were taught things, prior to the arrival of western society.  Children’s education was through imitation and direct
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