Mixed Blood Indians


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Theda Perdue is a professor of history at the University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has written or edited ten books, including Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change, 1700-1835 and Slavery and the Evolution of Cherokee Society, 1540-1866.


In these three pointed essays, Perdue contends that scholars of the Native American South have yet to cast off the racist legacy of the antebellum era. Her uncompromising argument engages a debate that is certain to become central to the next generation of scholarship.--Claudio Saunt "author of A New Order of Things: Property, Power, and the Transformation of the Creek Indians, 1733-1816"

In these trenchant essays, Perdue explores the nexus of race, gender, culture, and power and shatters the legitimacy of historical representation based on 'blood' in regard to southeastern Indians studies. In its place, she crafts an insightful narrative that restores Native cultural values and views to a central place in the story. Her well-written and elegantly argued work will enlighten scholars and general readers alike.--Kathryn Braund "author of Deerskins and Duffels: Creek Indian Trade with Anglo-America, 1685-1815"

'Mixed Blood' Indians appears at a crucial point in the study of colonialism, race, and American history. [Perdue] speaks provocatively to emerging studies of 'the intimacies of empire, ' as well as to the current concern about the ideological power of 'blood' in American Indian communities.--Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History

[This] book should prove to be an invaluable resource to the process of replacing soon-to-be archaic explanations of the impact of interracial marriages on Native-American societies with information that is much more accurate and enlightening.--Journal of the Early Republic

An interpretive tour de force by one of the finest historians of Native America. Purdue summarizes so many issues so succinctly and memorably that the book will make an excellent supplementary text in United States history survey courses.--Journal of American Ethnic History

From her exploration of the development of Cherokee slavery to her recent study of Cherokee gender roles, Perdue has established herself as the preeminent historian of the native South. . . . The book is gracefully written, engaging, and bristling with historical and historiographical arguments. Students of native, southern, and, more broadly, United States history ought to take notice, for challenges Perdue levels against the term 'mixed blood' could as well be brought to bear on other historiographical commonplaces like Indian, black, and white.--North Carolina Historical Review

Perdue has written extensively on Indians of the Southeast. 'Mixed Blood' Indians is a fine addition to her body of work.--Charleston Post & Courier

Promises to enliven the debate over the importance of race in southern Indian society. By offering an interpretation rooted in native cultural values, Perdue presents an alternative to the racial categories and thinking that seemingly dominate the field.--Journal of Southern History

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