Journals Higher Education



Published: 27 July 2006

312 Pages | 2 maps, 15 halftones, 1 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195313109

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Black, White, and Indian

Race and the Unmaking of an American Family

Claudio Saunt

Tracking five generations of the multi-racial Native American Grayson family, basing his account in part on the forty-four volume diary of G. W. Grayson, the one-time principal chief of the Creek Nation, Claudio Saunt sheds light on one of the most contentious issues in Indian politics, the role of "blood" in the construction of identity. Some Graysons married African Americans and some married whites. Saunt shows how, over time, the "white" Graysons denied their kin, enslaved their relatives, and went to war against each other. Saunt gives us not only a remarkable saga in its own right but one that illustrates the centrality of race in the American experience.