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The Resource Black, white, and Indian : race and the unmaking of an American family, Claudio Saunt

Black, white, and Indian : race and the unmaking of an American family, Claudio Saunt

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Black, white, and Indian : race and the unmaking of an American family
Title
Black, white, and Indian
Title remainder
race and the unmaking of an American family
Statement of responsibility
Claudio Saunt
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Deceit, compromise, and betrayal were the painful costs of becoming American for many families. For people of Indian, African, and European descent living in the newly formed United States, the most personal and emotional choices--to honor a friendship or pursue an intimate relationship--were often necessarily guided by the harsh economic realities imposed by the country's racial hierarchy. Few families in American history embody this struggle to survive the pervasive onslaught of racism more than the Graysons. Like many other residents of the eighteenth-century Native American South, where Black-Indian relations bore little social stigma, Katy Grayson and her brother William--both Creek Indians--had children with partners of African descent. As the plantation economy began to spread across their native land soon after the birth of the American republic, however, Katy abandoned her black partner and children to marry a Scottish-Creek man. She herself became a slaveholder, embracing slavery as a public display of her elevated place in America's racial hierarchy. William, by contrast, refused to leave his black wife and their several children and even legally emancipated them. Traveling separate paths, the Graysons survived the invasion of the Creek Nation by U.S. troops in 1813 and again in 1836 and endured the Trail of Tears, only to confront each other on the battlefield during the Civil War. Afterwards, they refused to recognize each other's existence. In 1907, when Creek Indians became U.S. citizens, Oklahoma gave force of law to the family schism by defining some Graysons as white, others as black
  • Tracking a full five generations of the Grayson family and basing his account in part on unprecedented access to the forty-four volume diary of G. W. Grayson, the one-time principal chief of the Creek Nation, Claudio Saunt tells not only of America's past, but of its present, shedding light on one of the most contentious issues in Indian politics, the role of "blood" in the construction of identity. Overwhelmed by the racial hierarchy in the United States and compelled to adopt the very ideology that oppressed them, the Graysons denied their kin, enslaved their relatives, married their masters, and went to war against each other. Claudio Saunt gives us not only a remarkable saga in its own right but one that illustrates the centrality of race in the American experience
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Saunt, Claudio
Dewey number
929/.2/08905973850073
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • genealogical tables
Index
index present
LC call number
E99.C9
LC item number
S27 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Creek Indians
  • Creek Indians
  • Blacks
  • Whites
  • Interracial marriage
  • Creek Indians
  • Grayson family
  • Southern States
  • Grayson (Familie)
  • Grayson family
  • Indianen
  • Negers
  • Familierelaties
  • Etnische identiteit
  • Rassenvermenging
  • Rassenbeziehung
  • Creek Indians
  • Creek Indians
  • Creek Indians
  • Verenigde Staten
  • Blacks
  • USA
  • Whites
  • Creek
  • Interracial marriage
  • Weiße
  • Southern States
Label
Black, white, and Indian : race and the unmaking of an American family, Claudio Saunt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [223]-290) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Griersons -- "My negro woman Judah": William's decision -- Race and removal : Katy's compromise -- Separate paths : Katy and William in the antebellum Creek nation -- "It is negros that we are killing now": the Graysons' civil war -- Northern Indians and negro slaves : Wash and the politics of reconstruction -- Hardship and opportunity : the fortunes of Emma, Vicey, and Wash -- Divided by blood : The Graysons and the end of the Creek nation -- Wash in the age of progress -- The Graysons in a black and white world
Control code
56347880
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 300 pages
Isbn
9780195176315
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2004057659
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780195176315
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, genealogical table
System control number
(OCoLC)56347880
Label
Black, white, and Indian : race and the unmaking of an American family, Claudio Saunt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [223]-290) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Griersons -- "My negro woman Judah": William's decision -- Race and removal : Katy's compromise -- Separate paths : Katy and William in the antebellum Creek nation -- "It is negros that we are killing now": the Graysons' civil war -- Northern Indians and negro slaves : Wash and the politics of reconstruction -- Hardship and opportunity : the fortunes of Emma, Vicey, and Wash -- Divided by blood : The Graysons and the end of the Creek nation -- Wash in the age of progress -- The Graysons in a black and white world
Control code
56347880
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 300 pages
Isbn
9780195176315
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2004057659
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780195176315
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, genealogical table
System control number
(OCoLC)56347880

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