Laura Cornelius Kellogg
Our Democracy and the American Indian and Other Works
Edited by Kristina Ackley and Cristina Stanciu
"This work will restore to the field of Native American studies an important
but often forgotten figure. The time is right for a critical reevaluation
of Laura Kellogg’s writings and political legacy."—Scott Manning Stevens, director, Native American Studies Program,
"Our Democracy is Kellogg’s most comprehensive discussion of the difficulties
American Indians faced and the fullest explanation of her plan to develop cooperative industrial villages on Indian reservations."—A. LaVonne Brown Ruoff, author of American Indian Literatures
"Oddly, the explosion of scholarship about
Native Americans has often featured more
examples of historians talking about Indians
than of scholars helping us to hear indigenous
voices. This book is an exception. Thanks to
Ackley and Stanciu we can now hear clearly
a unique and challenging voice, set in context
and brought to life by two outstanding scholars.
Read and reflect."—Frederick E. Hoxie, University of Illinois,
Kristina Ackley is a tenured member of the faculty in Native American studies at Evergreen
Cristina Stanciu is an assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, where
she teaches courses in American Indian studies and multiethnic literatures of the United States.
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Laura Cornelius Kellogg was an eloquent and fierce voice in early twentiethcentury
Native American affairs. An organizer, author, playwright, performer,
and linguist, Kellogg worked tirelessly for Wisconsin Oneida cultural self-determination
when efforts to Americanize Native people reached their peak. She
is best known for her extraordinary book Our Democracy and the American
Indian (1920) and as a founding member of the Society of American Indians.
In an era of government policies aimed at assimilating Indian peoples and
erasing tribal identities, Kellogg supported a transition from federal paternalism
to self-government. She strongly advocated for the restoration of tribal lands,
which she considered vital for keeping Native nations together and for obtaining
economic security and political autonomy.
Although Kellogg was a controversial figure, alternately criticized and
championed by her contemporaries, her work has endured in Oneida community
memory and among scholars in Native American studies, though it
has not been available to a broader audience. Ackley and Stanciu resurrect
her legacy in this comprehensive volume, which includes Kellogg’s writings,
speeches, photographs, congressional testimonies, and coverage in national
and international newspapers of the time. In an illuminating and richly detailed
introduction, the editors show how Kellogg’s prescient thinking makes her one
of the most compelling Native intellectuals of her time.
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6 x 9, 304 pages, 21 black-and-white illustrations, appendix, notes, references, index