Breaking and Remaking Families

Margaret Jacobs

in On the Borders of Love and Power

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272385
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520951341 | DOI:
Breaking and Remaking Families

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In this chapter the author examines the practice of fostering and adopting out Indian children to white families in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when various strategies for eliminating Indianness were uppermost in policy makers' concerns. The chapter links themes of love and power, private and public, and family and state to the larger context of westward expansion and colonialism. In three case studies, the author examines the reasons prompting adoption; the sometimes painful, sometimes loving relationships within adoptive families; and the long-term impact of adoption on the children's lives and identities.

Keywords: adoption; fostering; Indian; colonialism; family; love; power; identity; state

Chapter.  13076 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Local and Family History

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