By Steven C Hahn
The tale of Mary Musgrove (1700-1764), a Creek Indian-English girl suffering for achievement in colonial society, is an incredible one.
As a literate Christian, entrepreneur, and spouse of an Anglican clergyman, Mary used to be one among a small variety of "mixed blood" Indians to accomplish a place of prominence between English colonists. Born to a Creek mom and an English father, Mary's bicultural historical past ready her for an eventful maturity spent within the tough and tumble global of Colonial Georgia Indian affairs.
Active in international relations, exchange, and politics--affairs in general ruled through men--Mary labored as an interpreter among the Creek Indians and the colonists--although a few argue that she did so for her personal earnings, changing translations to sway transactions in her prefer. Widowed two times within the leading of her lifestyles, Mary and her successive husbands claimed mammoth tracts of land in Georgia (illegally, as British officers might have it) by means of advantage of her Indian historical past, thereby souring her courting with the colony's governing officers and significantly straining the colony's dating with the Creek Indians.
Using Mary's lifestyles as a story thread, Steven Hahn explores the attached histories of the Creek Indians and the colonies of South Carolina and Georgia. He demonstrates how the fluidity of race and gender family members at the southern frontier ultimately succumbed to extra inflexible hierarchies that supported the region's rising plantation system.
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