The Color of the Land: Race, Nation, and the Politics of Landownership in Oklahoma, 1832-1929

The Color of the Land Race Nation and the Politics of Landownership in Oklahoma The Color of the Land brings the histories of Creek Indians African Americans and whites in Oklahoma together into one story that explores the way races and nations were made and remade in conflicts

  • Title: The Color of the Land: Race, Nation, and the Politics of Landownership in Oklahoma, 1832-1929
  • Author: David A. Chang
  • ISBN: 9780807833650
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Color of the Land brings the histories of Creek Indians, African Americans, and whites in Oklahoma together into one story that explores the way races and nations were made and remade in conflicts over who would own land, who would farm it, and who would rule it This story disrupts expected narratives of the American past, revealing how identities race, nation, and cThe Color of the Land brings the histories of Creek Indians, African Americans, and whites in Oklahoma together into one story that explores the way races and nations were made and remade in conflicts over who would own land, who would farm it, and who would rule it This story disrupts expected narratives of the American past, revealing how identities race, nation, and class took new forms in struggles over the creation of different systems of property Conflicts were unleashed by a series of sweeping changes the forced removal of the Creeks from their homeland to Oklahoma in the 1830s, the transformation of the Creeks enslaved black population into landed black Creek citizens after the Civil War, the imposition of statehood and private landownership at the turn of the twentieth century, and the entrenchment of a sharecropping economy and white supremacy in the following decades In struggles over land, wealth, and power, Oklahomans actively defined and redefined what it meant to be Native American, African American, or white By telling this story, David Chang contributes to the history of racial construction and nationalism as well as to southern, western, and Native American history.

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    One thought on “The Color of the Land: Race, Nation, and the Politics of Landownership in Oklahoma, 1832-1929”

    1. What distinguishes David Chang's work on this subject from some others is his willingness to look at the changing relationship between Black and other Creek Indians over the course of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Without that dynamic chronological approach it is too easy to see the divisions of race in Indian Territory in a one-sided way. He reveals all kinds of complexities.

    2. This work is essential to understanding the complex race relations of this transformative period in Oklahoma history. I found it a key resource for primary sources, and Chang's analysis opened up new insights on race and property in the Southwest in my own research for my undergraduate thesis. THANK YOU.

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