Degree Year

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

History

Advisor(s)

Matthew R. Bahar

Keywords

Pratt, Football, Indians, Carlisle, Boarding school, Sports, Student athlete, Identity, Native, American

Abstract

This thesis analyzes the impact of football on student-athlete identity at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It explores the origins of Pratt’s racial ideology toward Indians and evaluates his motivations for opening Carlisle as well as his inconsistent attitude toward the game of football. The thesis asserts that the members of the Carlisle football team maintained a form of cultural continuity through the game by making it something of their own.

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