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The Color of the Land: Race, Nation, and the Politics of Landownership in Oklahoma, 1832-1929

David A. Chang


This book brings the histories of Creek Indians, African Americans, and whites in Oklahoma together into one story that explores the way races and nations were made and remade in conflicts over who would own land, who would farm it, and who would rule it. This story disrupts expected narratives of the American past, revealing how identities—race, nation, and class—took new forms in struggles over the creation of different systems of property. Conflicts were unleashed by a series of sweeping changes: the forced “removal” of the Creeks from their homeland to Oklahoma in the 1830s, the transforma ... More

Keywords: Creek Indians, African Americans, Oklahoma, land, race, nation, class, Civil War, Native American

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833650
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807895764_chang


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David A. Chang, author