Electa Quinney loved to learn Growing up in the early 1800s in New York, she went to some of the best boarding schools There she learned how to read, write, and solve tough math problems she even learned how to do needlework Electa decided early on that she wanted to become a teacher so she could pass her knowledge on to others But life wasn t simple Electa was a Stockbridge Indian, and her tribe was being pressured by the government and white settlers to move out of the state So in 1828, Electa and others in her tribe moved to Wisconsin Almost as soon as she arrived, Electa got to work again, teaching in a log building that also served as the local church In that small school in the woods, Electa became Wisconsin s very first public school teacher, educating the children of Stockbridge Munsee Band of the Mohican Indians as well as the sons and daughters of nearby white settlers and missionaries Electa s life provides a detailed window onto pioneer Wisconsin and discusses the challenges and issues faced by American Indians in the nineteenth century Through it all, Electa s love of learning stands out, and her legacy as Wisconsin s first public school teacher makes her an inspiration to students of today....
|Title||:||Electa Quinney: Stockbridge Teacher (Badger Biographies Series)|
|Publisher||:||Wisconsin Historical Society Press 1 edition April 19, 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||112 pages|
|File Size||:||771 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Electa Quinney: Stockbridge Teacher (Badger Biographies Series) Reviews
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I frequently feature books in my blogposts (Algonkian Church History and Stockmohistory.com), but seldom actually recommend them. However, here is a book that I am recommending: Electa Quinney: Stockbridge Teacher should be purchased by all the middle school libraries in Wisconsin. Although the focus is on Electa Quinney, the author does a good job of giving readers the context of the woman’s life, which is a remarkable stage. The reality that Native nations like the Stockbridge Mohicans fought amongst themselves is not lost on the author, Karyn Saemann. At the same time, harsh realities like the Indian Removal Act are not sugar-coated. Most importantly, to historians of Native Christianity like myself, religion was not scrubbed out of this portrait. The negative stereotype of missionaries is not reinforced. (Electa Quinney’s first husband, Daniel Adams, was a Native preacher.)
I knew nothing about Electa when I chose this book and am I glad I read it! (As a retired teacher living near Antigo and Bowler, WI it was especially meaningful.) What a remarkable person she was!
An excellent view of the far eastern native peoples and their struggles to stay alive in a culture that wanted to destroy them. I live in New Mexico and work in the archive department of the Pueblo Center. A ying/yang experience of native culture and people during the 1600 and 1700 years after being raised in Wisconsin. Did you know that the first American Revolution was fought in New Mexico? Electa found her own way of living - a very honorable way.
This is a very good book and happens to be about my son's Great Great Aunt.