Territorial Period of Hawai‘i
Timeline & Context
Hawai‘i’s Territorial Period (1900-1959) was the interim era during which the islands were made American. Led by a politically and financially powerful White minority, this group set out to transform Hawaiian society and its people from the top-down through their control over public and private institutions. The public-school system was one such institution critical to this process.
Americanization through the School System
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