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Stealing Indian Women Native Slavery in the Illinois Country by Carl J. Ekberg

Stealing Indian Women Native Slavery in the Illinois Country


Stealing Indian Women Native Slavery in the Illinois Country by Carl J. Ekberg

Based almost entirely on original source documents from the United States, France, and Spain, Carl J. Ekberg\u2019s Stealing Indian Women provides an innovative overview of Indian slavery in the Mississippi Valley. His detailed study of a fascinating and convoluted criminal case involving various slave women and a m\u00e9tis (mixed-blood) woodsman named C\u00e9ladon illuminates race and gender relations, Creole culture, and the lives of Indian slaves--particularly women--in ways never before possible.


Ekberg presents perhaps the most complete portrait of any Indian slave women in eighteenth-century North America. --American Historical Review

Ekberg's work is a fascinating read that displays the full spectrum of his skills as an historian: painstaking research, stirring prose, and the ability to humanize overarching historical processes. . . . Stealing Indian Women, in fact, provides the most comprehensive assessment of this native slave system yet in print, and traces the institution's broad outlines through a survey of existing historical literature and a thorough interrogation of archival records. --Journal of Illinois History Stealing Indian Women is a fascinating examination. . . . A demonstration of Ekberg's absolutely tenacious research and mastery of sources on Illinois Country. . . . Ekberg's contribution will be definitive for some time. --H-France Reviews With special attention to race, ethnicity, and gender, [Ekberg] focuses upon the relatively unexplored subject of Indian and metis slavery, which often blurred distinctions between captive, slave, and adoptee. . . . An important interpretive work for specialists and all academic libraries. Highly recommended. --Choice

About the Author

Carl J. Ekberg is professor emeritus of history at Illinois State University. He is the author of many books, including the award-winning Colonial Ste. Genevieve and French Roots in the Illinois Country: The Mississippi Frontier in Colonial Times.

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Publication date

15th January 2010


Carl J. Ekberg

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University of Illinois Press


256 pages


History of the Americas
Social & cultural history
Slavery & abolition of slavery



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