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White Mother to a Dark Race


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List of Illustrations List of Maps Preface: White Mother to a Dark Race Acknowledgments A Note on Terms Abbreviations 1. Gender and Settler Colonialism in the North American West and Australia 2. Designing Indigenous Child Removal Policies 3. The Great White Mother 4. The Practice of Indigenous Child Removal 5. Intimate Betrayals 6. Groomed to Be Useful 7. Maternalism in the Institutions 8. Out of the Frying Pan 9. Challenging Indigenous Child Removal Epilogue Afterword Notes Bibliography Index

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Examines the roles of white women in Australia's and the United States' policies of indigenous child-removal and education.

About the Author

Margaret D. Jacobs is a professor of history and the director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the author of Engendered Encounters: Feminism and Pueblo Cultures, 1879-1934 (Nebraska 1999).


"This book deserves wide readership in U.S. western history, women's history, Indian history, and comparative ethnic studies."-Peggy Pascoe, Montana, the Magazine of Western History -- Peggy Pascoe * Montana, the Magazine of Western History *
"[Jacobs] has taken the study of these nineteenth and early twentieth century institutionalizing policies in a rewarding new direction. . . . I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in indigenous studies, women's studies, and the history of intercultural relations in colonizing situations like the American West."-Nancy J. Parezo, Journal of Arizona History -- Nancy J. Parezo * Journal of Arizona History *
"Jacobs' focus on the role of white women, and specifically the function of maternalism, generates important insights into the interrelationship between race and gender in the creation of the modern white nation. Attention to the specificities of colonial regimes in the different locations of Australia and the American West-revealing the uncanny similarities as well as significant differences-can only enhance our critical understanding."-Trish Luker, International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies -- Trish Luker * International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies *
"[Margaret D. Jacobs] has produced a balanced, meticulously researched book filled with heartbreaking stories of loss and uplifting accounts of survival."-Lynette Russell, Great Plains Quarterly -- Lynette Russell * Great Plains Quarterly *
"This study stands as an excellent model and should encourage further comparisons between federal Indian policy and other maternalist projects within the United States as well as intimate strategies in other colonial regimes."-Cathleen D. Cahill, Western Historical Quarterly -- Cathleen D. Cahill * Western Historical Quarterly *
"[White Mother to a Dark Race is] a monumental comparative study."-Cristina Stanciu, SAIL -- Cristina Stanciu * SAIL *

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