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Removable Type : Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663-1880 - Phillip H. Round

Removable Type

Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663-1880

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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 H. 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 Type" showcases 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.

Explores how native peoples came to adopt a European weapon, namely the printed word, as both a means to defend themselves from the actions of the United States and as a way to preserve their culture. . . . Highly recommended.--Library Journal


A landmark study that presents a new genealogy of early American book history, one in which American Indians secured intellectual sovereignty and constitutional rights by scripting indigenous sign systems into the printed world.--Modern Philology


Round's important study demonstrates and confirms that Native Americans had an intellectual interest in European alphabetic literacy from very early in the colonial relationship. . . . Well researched and effectively presented. . . . Recommended.--Choice

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prologuep. 1
Introduction: Toward an Indian Bibliographyp. 5
The Coming of the Book to Indian Countryp. 21
Being and Becoming Literate in the Eighteenth-Century Native Northeastp. 46
New and Uncommon Meansp. 73
Public Writing I: "To Feel Interest in Our Welfare"p. 97
Public Writing II: The Cherokee, a "Reading and Intellectual People"p. 123
Proprietary Authorshipp. 150
The Culture of Reprintingp. 173
Indigenous Illustrationp. 200
Epilogue: The View from Red Cloud's Gravep. 223
Notesp. 231
Bibliographyp. 261
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780807871201
ISBN-10: 0807871206
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 11th October 2010
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Type: New edition