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Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663-1880

Phillip H. Round


In 1663, the Puritan missionary John Eliot, with the help of a Nipmuck convert whom the English called James Printer, produced the first Bible printed in North America. It was printed not in English but in Algonquian, making it one of the first books printed in a Native language. This book examines the relationship between Native Americans and printed books over a two-hundred-year period, uncovering the individual, communal, regional, and political contexts for Native peoples' use of the printed word. From the northeastern woodlands to the Great Plains, the book argues, alphabetic literacy and ... More

Keywords: Puritan missionary, John Eliot, Nipmuck, James Printer, Bible, Native Americans, bilingual texts, copyright, intellectual sovereignty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833902
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807899472_round


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phillip H. Round, author