This essay, a revised version of the August 2015 talk, examines the story of two mixed-blood women, indigenous and Anglo American, who lived in the fur trade North American West. The essay examines a racial category, mixed blood or “half-breed” and considers the challenges for people who lived in and used that category in the nineteenth century. The essay illuminates the challenges of using different kinds of personal records to understand how these nineteenth-century women might have thought about identity, a word they never would have used.
Research Article| February 01 2016
The Blue Flower and the Account Book: Writing a History of Mixed-Blood Americans
Anne F. Hyde
Anne F. Hyde
The author teaches history at the University of Oklahoma. The following was her presidential address at the annual meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association, in Sacramento, California, on August 8, 2015
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Pacific Historical Review (2016) 85 (1): 1–22.
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Anne F. Hyde; The Blue Flower and the Account Book: Writing a History of Mixed-Blood Americans. Pacific Historical Review 1 February 2016; 85 (1): 1–22. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/phr.2016.85.1.1
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