Lecture Description

Bancroft-prize winning historian Anne Hyde details stories about racial mixing in the American West. Focusing on the fur trade, and that world of mixed race relationships she describes a peaceful, productive version of that world, not The Revenant. Tracing several generations of western families, she lays out a west filled with surprising families. From all classes and racial groups, these families were significant players in many parts of the West in the nineteenth century. Using specific family examples, she describes what happens to these mixed race families after the U.S. state becomes concerned about mixing blood in the 1880s.


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