Margaret Jacobs

Margaret Jacobs

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Margaret Jacobs is the Chancellor's Professor of History and the director of women's and gender studies program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2015-16 she served as the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University. Her research and teaching focuses on women, gender, indigenous peoples, and colonialism in the American West and other settler colonial contexts. She has published over a dozen articles and two award-winning books, Engendered Encounters: Feminism and Pueblo Cultures, 1879-1934 (1999) and White Mother to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism, and the Removal of Indigenous Children in the American West and Australia, 1880-1940 (2009), which won the Bancroft Prize. Most recently, she is the author of A Generation Removed: The Fostering and Adoption of Indigenous Children in the Postwar World (2014), which examines why indigenous children came to be over-represented in the child welfare systems of the United States, Australia, and Canada, and how indigenous women activists mobilized to confront this crisis. She has launched a new digital history project on the Genoa Indian Boarding School in Genoa, Nebraska and is also engaged in new research about history, truth, and reconciliation in relation to indigenous peoples in Australia, Canada, and the United States.

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  • Indigenous Children's Rights and Settler Colonial Wrongs: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, Australia, and the United States
  • Remembering the "Forgotten Child": The American Indian Child Welfare Crisis of the 1960s and '70s
  • If Everyone Cared: Transnational Indigenous Women’s Activism and Indigenous Child Welfare, 1960–1980
  • A Battle for the Children: Comparing Indigenous Child Removal in the American West and Australia, 1880–1940
  • Colonizing the Senses: New Sensory Regimes in Institutions for Indigenous Children, 1880–1900
  • The Great White Mother: Maternalism and Settler Colonialism in the American West and Australia, 1880–1940


Remembering the Forgotten Child: The Indigenous Child Welfare Crisis of the 1960s and 1970s

This lecture, joined in progress, was presented and recorded at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, in February 2015.

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