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Author Whalen, Kevin,
Title Native students at work : American Indian labor and Sherman Institute's Outing Program, 1900-1945 / Kevin Whalen ; foreword by Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert.
Imprint Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2016]

Author Whalen, Kevin,
Series Indigenous confluences
Indigenous confluences.
Subject Sherman Institute (Riverside, Calif.) -- History.
Off-reservation boarding schools -- California -- Riverside -- History.
Indian students -- California -- Riverside -- History -- 20th century.
Indian students -- Employment -- California -- Los Angeles Region.
Indian students -- California, Southern -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Indians of North America -- Employment -- California -- Los Angeles Region -- History -- 20th century.
Women household employees -- California -- Los Angeles Region -- History -- 20th century.
Agricultural laborers -- California, Southern -- History -- 20th century.
Indians of North America -- California, Southern -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Riverside (Calif.) -- History.
Add Title American Indian labor and Sherman Institute's Outing Program, 1900-1945
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Cover; Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgments; INTRODUCTION; CHAPTER 1 Labored Learning: The Outing System at Sherman Institute; CHAPTER 2 Indian School, Company Town: Students from Sherman Institute at the Fonatana Farms Company; CHAPTER 3 Into the City: Quechan and Mojave Domestic Workers in Los Angeles; CHAPTER 4 Indians "Should Not Go There": The Great Depression and the End of Outing; CONCLUSION: Unthinkable Histories? Native People, Bureaucracies, and Work; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y.
Summary Native Students at Work tells the stories of Native people from around the American Southwest who participated in labor programs at Sherman Institute, a federal Indian boarding school in Riverside, California. The school placed young Native men and women in and around Los Angeles as domestic workers, farmhands, and factory laborers. For the first time, historian Kevin Whalen reveals the challenges these students faced as they left their homes for boarding schools and then endured an "outing program" that aimed to strip them of their identities and cultures by sending them to live and work among non-Native people. Tracing their journeys, Whalen shows how male students faced low pay and grueling conditions on industrial farms near the edge of the city, yet still made more money than they could near their reservations. Similarly, many young women serving as domestic workers in Los Angeles made the best of their situations by tapping into the city?s indigenous social networks and even enrolling in its public schools. As Whalen reveals, despite cruel working conditions and poor treatment, Native people used the outing program to their advantage whenever they could, forming urban indigenous communities and sharing money and knowledge gained in the city with those back home.?
Note English.
ISBN 9780295806662 (electronic bk.)
0295806664 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 946887650
Additional Format Print version: Whalen, Kevin. Native students at work. Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2016] 9780295998268 (DLC) 2016002211 (OCoLC)933273516

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