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Swindler SachemThe American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England$
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Jenny Hale Pulsipher

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300214932

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300214932.001.0001

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“To Bee Trained Up Among the English”

“To Bee Trained Up Among the English”

John Wompas and the Civilizing Project

(p.50) Chapter Three “To Bee Trained Up Among the English”
Swindler Sachem

Jenny Hale Pulsipher

Yale University Press

This chapter details John Wompas's youth in the town of Roxbury. Although Roxbury was an English town, it had a decidedly Indian side. Because Roxbury was the home of John Eliot, the “apostle to the Indians,” the town was a destination as well as a way station. It stood at the heart of the English effort to bring “civility” and Christianity to the Indians, a project that would frame much of John Wompas's life. John Eliot, Daniel Gookin, and colleagues from surrounding towns used several different approaches to converting and “civilizing” the Indians. These approaches include establishing Christian Indian towns, preparing Indians to form their own Puritan congregations, recruiting Indian children to live and work within English families, and shepherding a small number of Indian children through English grammar school to enroll at Harvard College.

Keywords:   John Wompas, Roxbury, John Eliot, civility, Christianity, Indians, Daniel Gookin, Christian Indian towns, Puritan congregations, Harvard College

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