Cultural Literacy: Dawes Act of 1887

Here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on the Dawes Act of 1887, a piece of well-intentioned–at least from some points of view, though not mine–legislation designed, really, to destroy once and for all the communitarian. tribal, lifestyle of indigenous peoples in the rapidly expanding (at the time of the Act’s passage) United States.

This is full-page worksheet with a reading of four sentences and three comprehension questions. So, it’s just the basics. But, like almost everything else on Mark’s Text Terminal, this is a Microsoft Word document you can tailor to your needs. The Dawes Act opens a lot of discursive doors into discussion rooms on imperialism, militant individualism and anti-collectivism, the theoretical and practical limitations of libertarianism, and simple–and simple-minded racism.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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