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The Sexual Politics of Race and Gender Mary Musgrove and the Georgia Trustees

Michele Gillespie

in The Devil's Lane

Published in print June 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112436
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854271 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112436.003.0013
The Sexual Politics of Race and Gender Mary Musgrove and the Georgia Trustees

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Mary Musgrove, the adult daughter of a Tuckabachee Creek woman and a white Carolina trader, was insulted at her exclusion in a meeting at the Savannah. She was the progeny of an interracial sexual relationship between a Creek woman and an English man. Such unions aided the exchange of cultures that hastened both English colonization and Native American acculturation in the southeastern North America in the 18th century. She carefully cultivated her identity in response to the racial and gendered boundaries she encountered in the colonial culture of Georgia. Musgrove's life exemplifies the process of colonization and the importance of shifting racial and gendered boundaries in that process. Her experiences demonstrate how and on what terms the English colonizers dominated and excluded from the increasingly hierarchical world they were constructing those individuals and social groups who proved most threatening to the establishment of their authority.

Keywords: Mary Musgrove; interracial sexual relationship; Georgia; North America; 18th century; racial boundaries; gender boundaries; authority

Chapter.  7560 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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