Hard Choices

Anne F. Hyde

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:
Hard Choices

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This chapter suggests something of the scope of mixed-race families in the post-1848 West and investigates the strategies that parents used to acculturate and protect their mixed-race children during the second half of the nineteenth century. The author focuses on four elite mixed-race western families, tracing the challenges the parents faced and the choices they made as they sought to provide their children with material, social, and emotional support. The author argues that gender and geography mattered more than parents' careful educational choices in shaping the prospects of mixed-race children. She finds that hardening racial categories during the second half of the nineteenth century undermined parents' efforts to protect mixed-race children and their legacies.

Keywords: mixed-race; family; West; children; racial categories; acculturate

Chapter.  10495 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Local and Family History

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