Lecture Description

This talk focuses on the unique history of emancipation and Reconstruction in the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations, and also addresses emancipation in the Cherokee and Creek nations. The Choctaw and Chickasaw nations did not abolish slavery and emancipate Black people from bondage until the spring of 1866. This talk explores the Indian-U.S. diplomatic relations and the federal policies of the United States that allowed slavery to persist for a full year after the Civil War had ended. This talk highlights U.S. efforts to extend federal Reconstruction policies over the sovereign Indian nations and also discusses the intersecting histories of the post-Civil War South and West.


American Indian Slavery

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