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The Legacy of D'Arcy McNickle: Writer, Historian, Activist by John Lloyd Purdy

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He would write repeatedly about the universality of the Native American experience. Page 8 McNickle's fervent praise of La Farge's book returned to haunt him later. By the late 1930s, Collier was under increasing attack from the right-wing American Indian Federation, most notably by an Iroquois woman, Alice Lee Jemison. Collier and Jemison faced each other during a congressional hearing in 1940, and Jemison flaunted McNickle's review as an example of the anti-Christian, procommunist bias of the BIA.

The latter was a straightforward presentation based on his research in history, anthropology, and ethnography. This article, which included photographs and an extensive bibliography, was reprinted in updated editions of the encyclopedia into the 1960s and reached thousands of school children and other students. Now freed from the constraints of being a BIA employee, McNickle could speak bluntly about the policy of termination being pursued by the federal government. In a series of articles published in the 1950s, he clarified his thinking.

Copyright © 1996 by the University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Publishing Division of the University. All rights reserved. A. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Page v This book is dedicated to the memory of D'Arcy McNickle and all those who have been moved by the need to be heard. Page vii CONTENTS Introduction John Lloyd Purdy ix Part One. Origins and Words Chapter One. D'Arcy McNickle: An Annotated Bibliography of His Published Articles and Book Reviews in a Biographical Context Dorothy R. Parker 3 Part Two.

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