By Keith R. Widder
In 1823 William and Amanda Ferry opened a boarding college for Mtis kids on Mackinac Island, Michigan Territory, environment in movement an extreme non secular conflict to win the souls and alter the lives of the youngsters, their mom and dad, and all others dwelling at Mackinac. conflict for the Soul demonstrates how a gaggle of enthusiastic missionaries, empowered through an uncompromising non secular motivation, served as brokers of Americanization. The Ferrys' excessive hopes crumbled, notwithstanding, as they watched their paintings result in a revival of Catholicism and their scholars refuse to desert the fur alternate as a life-style. the tale of the Mackinaw venture is that of people that held differing international perspectives negotiating to create a "middle-ground," a society with room for all.
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This book expands the written history of the western Great Lakes region by emphasizing the important role played by the Métis, a group of people who had *The correct spelling of the Mackinaw Mission is with an ''aw'' ending. All other spellings of Mackinac, Mackinac Island, Straits of Mackinac, and so forth are with an "ac" ending. " The confusion over the spelling of Mackinac arises from the fact that it is pronounced as if it ends with "aw," and many people spell it phonetically. Page xiv both Indian and European heritages.
Cover photographs: Catharine Goulais, Courtesy of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Duluth, Minn. William M. Ferry and Amanda White Ferry, Courtesy of Mackinac State Historic Parks, Michigan. Mackinaw Mission, Courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan. Visit Michigan State University Press on the World-Wide Web at: www. edu/unit/msupress Page v For Agnes and in memory of Sara Franks Chambers Page vii Contents Acknowledgments xi Preface xiii Foreshadows xxi Chapter I The Métis Family: Origins and Characteristics 1 Chapter II "Go Ye into All the World .
Number of Children Enrolled in Mission School 113 Page x Page xi Acknowledgments I am indebted to many people who assisted me in the research and writing of this book. Richard White offered many penetrating insights, criticisms, and much encouragement. David T. Bailey, always a source of fresh ideas, challenged me to consider perspectives that I had overlooked. I also benefited much from the comments of Gordon Stewart, Donald Lammers, Mary Schneider, and the late Stephen Botein. James M. McClurken shared new documents with me, along with his remarkable knowledge of the Odawa, Chippewa, and Métis.
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