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Unscripted AmericaIndigenous Languages and the Origins of a Literary Nation$
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Sarah Rivett

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190492564

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190492564.001.0001

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Imperial Millennialism and the Battle for American Indian Souls

Imperial Millennialism and the Battle for American Indian Souls

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(p.115) { 4 } Imperial Millennialism and the Battle for American Indian Souls
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Unscripted America
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Sarah Rivett

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190492564.003.0005

Indigenous words offered a rich resource for rescripting national and colonial narratives in a time of intensified imperial conflict. Millennial zeal pitted Jesuit and Protestant forces against each other with renewed fervor during a purportedly secular period of diplomacy from the Glorious Revolution (1688) to the Treaty of Utrecht (1713), even as developments in natural history undermined previously accepted truths of Mosaic history. The British sought national uniformity by imposing English-language instruction on Indian proselytes, while the French continued to augment their own linguistic skills through a rigorous culture of dictionary writing and hymnody that helped to secure military alliances. This chapter argues that missionary linguistics played an integral role in consolidating British and French nationalism among indigenous populations, even as the shared knowledge forged in specific missionary locations helped native populations undermine imperial scripts.

Keywords:   Keywords, Millennialism, Missionary linguistics, Nationalism, Early eighteenth century

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