ERIC Number: EJ818462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 8
The Portrait of Women Teachers in Indian Territory: The Story of Meta Chestnutt Sager, 1863-1948
Cesar, Dana; Smith, Joan K.
American Educational History Journal, v35 n1 p51-60 2008
Women pioneers and frontier teachers have been the subject of numerous books and articles. Generally, the portrait has been one of self-sacrifice, dedication to God, family and home, with little or no concern for personal needs or goals. Continuing with a premise that teachers in Indian Territory used religious sanctions and faced greater peril in order to find personal fulfillment, the authors looked at the papers of Meta Chestnutt Sager who left North Carolina to found a school in Indian Territory that would eventually grow to collegiate status. Meta's archive revealed a similar tendency toward evangelical entrepreneurialism that allowed for personal fulfillment and the westward expansion of Protestant education. The authors subsequently examined Meta Sager's struggle to negotiate turn of the century gender roles as she administered her college while seeking to follow Christian doctrine.
Descriptors: Sanctions, Females, Educational History, Profiles, Christianity, Protestants, Religious Factors, Job Satisfaction, Life Satisfaction, Religious Education, College Administration, Sex Role, American Indians, Women Faculty
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina; Oklahoma