Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and by Malinda Maynor Lowery

By Malinda Maynor Lowery

With greater than 50,000 enrolled participants, North Carolina's Lumbee Indians are the biggest local American tribe east of the Mississippi River. Malinda Maynor Lowery, a Lumbee herself, describes how, among Reconstruction and the Fifties, the Lumbee crafted and maintained a different id in an period outlined through racial segregation within the South and paternalistic guidelines for Indians in the course of the country. They did so opposed to the backdrop of a few of the primary concerns in American background, together with race, category, politics, and citizenship.

Lowery argues that "Indian" is a dynamic identification that, for outsiders, occasionally hinged at the presence of "Indian blood" (for federal New Deal coverage makers) and occasionally at the absence of "black blood" (for southern white segregationists). Lumbee humans themselves have developed their id in layers that tie jointly family and position, race and sophistication, tribe and kingdom; besides the fact that, Indians haven't constantly agreed on how you can weave this textile right into a complete. utilizing photos, letters, family tree, federal and kingdom documents, and first-person family members background, Lowery narrates this compelling dialog among insiders and outsiders, demonstrating how the Lumbee humans challenged the limits of Indian, southern, and American identities.

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