Date of Award


Document Type


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Master of Science (MS)


Excerpt: "The purpose of this study is to show the contribution made by the Cherokee Indian, Sequoyah, to his people when he invented an alphabet perfectly adapted to the Cherokee tongue and that expressed it as the English alphabet never could. An effort has been made to use a scholarly approach by studying Sequoyah's life, tracing the influence of his invention on the educational heritage, political and religious life of the Cherokee Indian tribe, and drawing as many conclusions as seemed valid. This treatise shows Sequoyah was a man motivated by a deep sense of social responsibility to his people. His alphabet was adopted and soon made possible the publication of the Cherokee newspapers, as well as textbooks, tracts, pamphlets and the Bible in the Cherokee language. So great was the impact of this man and his tremendous technical achievement that he has been referred to as the Cherokee Moses."

Included are two appendices of the Cherokee Alphabet and The Lord's Prayer in Cherokee.


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