"Produced by the Sight of the Writing of an Indian": Stratification and Exclusion in Antebellum America's Economy of Literacy

Michael Bohlen

University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Michael William Bohlen received a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Missouri State University in 2014. At the University of Arkansas, he is working under the supervision of Beth Barton Schweiger to develop a project that will further interrogate the presumed connection between literacy and economic, political, and social mobility, tentatively entitled, “‘In a Language Unknown to Learned and Polished Nations, I Learnt to Lisp My Fond Mother’s Name’: Cherokee Literacy and Discourses of Social Control.” He is currently the assistant editor of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly.


Literacy is too often conceptualized as a neutral technology that heralds development, as historians mobilize reductive dichotomies such as “oral-literate,” “literate-pre-literate,” or “literate-illiterate” in... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Michael Bohlen (University of Arkansas - Fayetteville)

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Indigenous Textualities: Native Americans, Writing, and Representation


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