By William R Cashen
This is often either an soaking up biography of Alaska's pioneer educator, the past due Charles E. Bunnell, and an actual heritage of the establishment he based, the collage of Alaska. The political struggles of Alaska from 1900 until eventually statehood function the backdrop for this tale, and Alaska's legislators, delegates to Congress, governors and judges play vital roles.
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From 1867 until 1884 there was no organized government in Alaska and consequently no schools except for those established in certain areas by American religious denominations. In 1884 a congressional act provided that the Secretary of the Interior assume the responsibility for schools in Alaska. He passed the job to John Eaton, the U. S. Commissioner of Education. In 1885 the office of General Agent of Education in Alaska was established in the Bureau of Education and the Rev. Sheldon Jackson, who had spent several years as a Presbyterian missionary in Alaska, was named General Agent.
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