The Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia

Author: Rosemary Whitlock
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817316159
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Annotation. Like members of some other native tribes, the Monacans have a long history of struggles for equality in jobs, health care, and education and have suffered cultural, political, and social abuse at the hands of authority figures appointed to serve them. The critical difference for the Monacans was the actions of segregationist Dr. Walter A. Plecker, Director of the Bureau of Vital Statistics from 1912 to 1946. A strong proponent and enforcer of Virginia's Racial Integrity Law of 1924 that prohibited marriage between races, Plecker's interpretation of that law convinced him that there were only two races, white and colored. Anyone not bearing physically white genetic characteristics was "colored" and that included Indians. He would not let Indians get married in Virginia unless they applied as white or colored, he forced the local teachers to falsify the students' race on the official school rolls, and he threatened court clerks and census takers with prosecution if they used the term "Indian" on any official form. He personally changed government records when his directives were not followed and even coerced postpartum Indian mothers to list their newborns as white or colored or they could not take their infants home from the hospital. Eventually the federal government intervened, directing the Virginia state officials to begin the tedious process of correcting official records. Yet the legacy of Plecker's attempted cultural genocide remains. Through interviews with 26 Monacans, Whitlock provides first-person accounts of what happened to the Monacan families and how their very existence as Indians was threatened. Book jacket.

The Women s National Indian Association

Author: Valerie Sherer Mathes
Publisher: UNM Press
ISBN: 0826355641
Format: PDF
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Mathes’s edited volume, the first book to address the history of the WNIA, comprises essays by eight authors on the work of this important reform group.

Strangers in Their Midst

Author: Sherrie McLeRoy
Publisher: Heritage Books
ISBN: 0788443739
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This book presents a historical overview of the free Negro in Virginia, from the mid-eighteenth century through the Civil War, along with the physical and historical background of Amherst County. The original edition preserved a wealth of information on n

Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes

Author: Carl Waldman
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438110103
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A comprehensive, illustrated encyclopedia which provides information on over 150 native tribes of North America, including prehistoric peoples.

The Hemingses of Monticello

Author: Annette Gordon-Reed
Publisher: Paw Prints
ISBN: 9781442072671
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Traces the history of the Hemings family from early eighteenth-century Virginia to their dispersal after Thomas Jefferson's death in 1826, and describes their family ties to the third president against a backdrop of Revolutionary America and the French Revolution.

Weaving the Boundary

Author: Karenne Wood
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 0816532575
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The Weaving -- Past Silence -- Part IV. The Naming -- The Naming -- Acknowledgments -- Notes

Occoneechee The Maid of the Mystic Lake

Author: Robert Frank Jarrett
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
ISBN: 1465595171
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This history has been gleaned from the works of Ethnology by James Mooney and from word of mouth, as related to the author during the past thirty years. In the beginning of historical events, we hear of man in his paradisaical home, located somewhere within the boundaries known as ancient Egypt or Chaldea. His home was far away and his former history shrouded in the darkness of countless centuries of the past, and when we contemplate the remoteness of his ancestry, we become lost in the midst of our own research. When historical light began to flash from the Orient, we find man emerging with some degree of civilization from a barbaric state into the advanced degrees of civilized and enlightened tribes. When the maritime navigator, full of visions and dreams, dared to sail for those hitherto undiscovered shores, now known as America, there lived within the realm a wandering, happy, yet untutored, race of men whom we afterwards called Indians, who dwelt in great numbers along the whole distance from Penobscot Bay south to the everglades of Florida.

Creek Indian History

Author: George Stiggins
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817350012
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Based on a handwritten manuscript more than 150 years old, Creek Indian History is a primary resource containing accounts of significant Indian/white encounters in early Alabama history--from the Indian perspective. Written in the early 1800s by George Stiggins, the son of a Creek mother and a white father, this volume recounts the origins and ways of life of the tribes of the Creek Confederacy and their viewpoints on such key events of the Creek War as Burnt Corn and Fort Mims. Stiggins was William Weatherford's brother-in-law, and thus his explanation of Weatherford's controversial role in the Creek War has special value. William Wyman's notes and introduction put the Stiggins account in historical perspective and traces its circuitous route to publication.