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Black, White, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family

Claudio Saunt


This book explores the history of a Native American family using a rich collection of sources, including G. W. Grayson's never-before studied forty-four volume diary. At the heart of the narrative is a fact suppressed to this day by some Graysons: one branch of the family is of African descent. Focusing on five generations from 1780 to 1920, this book reveals the terrible compromises that Indians had to make to survive in the shadow of the expanding American republic. Overwhelmed by the racial hierarchy of the United States, American Indians disowned their kin, enslaved their relatives, and fo ... More

Keywords: American Indians, Black-Indian relationships, Creek Nation, Indian Removal, Trail of Tears, Grayson, Oklahoma, Civil War, South, race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195176315
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176315.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudio Saunt, author
University of Georgia
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