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Territorial Bonds

Katrina Jagodinsky

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520272385.003.0012
Territorial Bonds

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This chapter examines linkages between bonds of indenture and ties of affection in the intercultural households of three of territorial Arizona's founding fathers, King S. Woolsey, Jack Swilling, and Miguel Gonzales Roca. The author explains the provisions of the Howell Code, the body of laws governing intercultural households in Arizona territory. She documents the range of ways in which Woolsey, Swilling, and Roca treated the indigenous children they brought into their households, from exploitation to paternalistic protection. When possible, the author ferrets out the Native minors' responses to their treatment as indentured servants. She also reflects on the reasons why relations between indentured children and their masters were overlooked by contemporary census takers and obscured and romanticized by Arizona historians.

Keywords: indentured servants; King S. Woolsey; Jack Swilling; Miguel Gonzales Roca; Howell Code; Arizona; children

Chapter.  10625 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Local and Family History

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