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Growing up with the country : family, race, and nation after the Civil War / Kendra Taira Field.


The masterful and poignant story of three African-American families who journeyed west after emancipation, by an award-winning scholar and descendant of the migrants. Following the lead of her own ancestors, Kendra Field's epic family history chronicles the westward migration of freedom's first generation in the fifty years after emancipation. Drawing on decades of archival research and family lore within and beyond the United States, Field traces their journey out of the South to Indian Territory, where they participated in the development of black and black Indian towns and settlements. When statehood, oil speculation, and Jim Crow segregation imperiled their lives and livelihoods, these formerly enslaved men and women again chose emigration. Some migrants launched a powerful back-to-Africa movement, while others moved on to Canada and Mexico. Their lives and choices deepen and widen the roots of the Great Migration. Interweaving black, white, and Indian histories, Field's beautifully wrought narrative explores how ideas about race and color powerfully shaped the pursuit of freedom.

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  • ISBN: 9780300180527
  • ISBN: 0300180527
  • Physical Description: xxv, 225 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
  • Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
"Intruder of color": freedom, sovereignty, and kinship in Indian Territory -- Passing for black: white kinfolk, "mulatto" freedpeople, and westward migration -- "He dreamed of Africa": kinship, class, and peoplehood -- "No such thing as stand still": the Chief Sam movement and the "African pioneers" -- Epilogue.
Subject: African Americans > Oklahoma > History > 19th century.
African Americans > Oklahoma > Relations with Indians > History > 19th century.
African Americans > Migrations.
Racially mixed people > Oklahoma > History > 19th century.
Racially mixed people > Oklahoma > Relations with Indians > History > 19th century.
Racially mixed people > Migrations.
Migration, Internal > United States > History > 19th century.
Migration, Internal > United States > History > 20th century.
HISTORY > United States > 19th Century.
HISTORY > United States > State & Local > Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)
SOCIAL SCIENCE > Ethnic Studies > African American Studies.
Racially mixed people.
African Americans.
African Americans > Migrations.
African Americans > Relations with Indians.
Migration, Internal.
Ethnische Beziehungen.
Interethnische Herkunft.
United States.
Genre: History.

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