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Taking Assimilation to Heart


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Introduction 1. Native American Education and Marriages at Hampton Institute; 2. Interracial Marriages of Male Carlisle Indian School Alumni; 3. Educated Native American Men and Interracial Marriage; 4. A Middle-Class White Woman Philanthropist and Interracial Marriage; 5. The Broken Promise of Aboriginal Education in Australia; 6. Regulating Aboriginal Marriages in Victoria; 7. White Women Married to Aboriginal Men; 8. Solving the "Indian Problem" in the United States; 9. Absorbing the "Aboriginal Problem" in Australia Conclusion

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An examination of marriages between white women and Indigenous men in the United States and Australia

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Katherine Ellinghaus a Hansen Lecturer in History in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Blood Will Tell: Native Americans and Assimilation Policy (Nebraska, 2017) and coeditor of Historicising Whiteness: Transnational Perspectives on the Construction of Identity.


"Ellinghaus's study offers insights on racism and prejudice within the United States and Australia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and how public policy and private lives were affected by these phenomena... This book is valuable for its illuminating transnational analysis and for the opportunity it provides for Australians and Americans to reflect on their own histories of treatment of their indigenous population."-Christine Choo, American Historical Review -- American Historical Review American Historical Review "This book makes a major contribution to scholars' understanding of the interrelationship between assimilation policies and interracial marriages... The brilliance of this book lies in the way it underscores what is distinctive about each national context without diminishing what is similar... What makes this book so extraordinary is Ellinghaus' ability to move back and forth between these different levels of analysis and between the two nations: showing us how larger discourses about assimilation, racial difference and 'miscegenation' affected people's understandings of their marriages (and vice versa). In short, this is a beautifully crafted book, full of nuance and complexity-comparative history at its best."-Australian Historical Studies Australian Historical Studies "Taking Assimilation to Heart demonstrates the efficacy of the new, wide-lensed thinking being applied to studies of colonialism and imperialism. With its comparative settler-colonising framing, this book helps illuminate gendered histories operating on both the intimate and national level, and with ripples both local and global."-Ann McGrath, Aboriginal History -- Ann McGrath Aboriginal History

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