Lecture Description

This lecture explores the shifting grounds of race in Montana (and the wider West) between 1850 and 1950 through the experiences of a single family of mixed native-white ancestry. Beginning in 1844 with the marriage of fur trader Malcolm Clarke and a young Piegan Blackfeet woman, Coth-co-co-na, the story follows the Clarkes from the mid-nineteenth century, when such mixed marriages were common (as well as crucial to the workings of the fur trade), to the middle of the twentieth century, when Clarke’s children and grandchildren frequently encountered virulent racial prejudice as “people in between.”


Family Race

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