By Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel
In Bleeding Borders, Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel deals a clean, multifaceted interpretation of the necessary sectional clash in pre-Civil warfare Kansas. rather than concentrating on the white, male politicians and settlers who vied for keep an eye on of the Kansas territorial legislature, Oertel explores the an important roles local americans, African american citizens, and white ladies performed within the literal and rhetorical conflict among proslavery and antislavery settlers within the sector. She brings realization to the neighborhood debates and the various peoples who participated in them in the course of that contentious interval. Oertel starts by way of detailing the cost of jap Kansas by means of emigrant Indian tribes and explores their interplay with the turning out to be variety of white settlers within the quarter. She analyzes the makes an attempt via southerners to plant slavery in Kansas and the finally profitable resistance of slaves and abolitionists. Oertel then considers how crude frontier dwelling stipulations, Indian clash, political upheaval, and sectional violence reshaped conventional Victorian gender roles in Kansas and explores women's participation within the political and actual conflicts among proslavery and antislavery settlers. Oertel is going directly to research northern and southern definitions of "true manhood" and the way competing principles of masculinity infused political and sectional tensions. She concludes with an research of miscegenation--not in basic terms how racial blending among Indians, slaves, and whites motivated occasions in territorial Kansas, yet extra importantly, how the phobia of miscegenation fueled either proslavery and antislavery arguments in regards to the want for civil conflict. As Oertel demonstrates, the avid gamers in Bleeding Kansas used guns except their Sharpes rifles and Bowie knives to salary conflict over the extension of slavery: they attacked every one other's cultural values and struggled to claim their very own political wills. They jealously guarded beliefs of manhood, womanhood, and whiteness at the same time the presence of Indians and blacks and the controversy over slavery raised severe questions on the efficacy of those rules. Oertel argues that, finally, many local american citizens, blacks, and girls formed the political and cultural terrain in ways in which ensured the destruction of slavery, yet they, besides their white male opposite numbers, did not defeat the resilient energy of white supremacy. relocating past a traditional political heritage of Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Borders breaks new flooring via revealing how the struggles of this hugely varied area contributed to the nationwide circulate towards disunion and the way the ideologies that ruled race and gender relatives have been challenged as North, South, and West converged at the border among slavery and freedom.
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Extra resources for Bleeding Borders: Race, Gender, and Violence in Pre-Civil War Kansas (Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War)
B. F. 45 They took advantage of their location on the Santa Fe Trail to sell wares to both Indians and whites. Indians also took advantage of the increased traffic in the region by taking in boarders and providing basic supplies to serve the needs of settlers and Indians alike. In fact, many white settlers’ first taste of life in Kansas was filtered through their overnight stays in Indian homes, and most settlers experienced positive interactions with their hosts and hostesses. Free-state and proslavery settlers alike frequented the Indian boarding houses that peppered the eastern border of Kansas Territory.
God will Judge in righteousness” The infiltration of religious missionaries and traders into the region during the 1830s and 1840s facilitated the syncretization of Indian and white cultures. ” 26 The conjunction of the Missouri River and Kansas River provided a strategic and fertile location for the fur trade, for agricultural pursuits, and for bringing a Christian God to the many Indians who resided in and passed through the region. The Baptists, Catholics, Methodists, Moravians, and Presbyterians all established missions amid the eastern Kansas Indians during the 1830s and 1840s.
Though Indian children were perhaps more malleable than their adult counterparts, educating them still posed significant challenges for missionaries. These challenges frequently revolved around convincing parents to endorse the mission school and send their children to classes on a regular basis. ” 35 Elizabeth Morse’s initially positive report to Agent Pratt lost its optimism when discussing the older children. “A few [children] remain with us the entire session, thus setting an example of constant study, which is very rare,” she wrote.