Bleeding Borders: Race, Gender, and Violence in Pre-Civil by Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel

By Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel

In Bleeding Borders, Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel bargains a clean, multifaceted interpretation of the crucial sectional clash in pre-Civil warfare Kansas. rather than targeting the white, male politicians and settlers who vied for regulate of the Kansas territorial legislature, Oertel explores the an important roles local american citizens, African americans, and white ladies performed within the literal and rhetorical conflict among proslavery and antislavery settlers within the sector. She brings cognizance to the neighborhood debates and the varied peoples who participated in them in the course of that contentious interval.

Oertel starts off via detailing the cost of jap Kansas by way of emigrant Indian tribes and explores their interplay with the turning out to be variety of white settlers within the zone. She analyzes the makes an attempt via southerners to plant slavery in Kansas and the finally winning resistance of slaves and abolitionists. Oertel then considers how crude frontier residing 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 merely how racial blending among Indians, slaves, and whites prompted occasions in territorial Kansas, yet extra importantly, how the phobia of miscegenation fueled either proslavery and antislavery arguments in regards to the desire for civil struggle.

As Oertel demonstrates, the gamers in Bleeding Kansas used guns except their Sharpes rifles and Bowie knives to salary battle 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 whilst the presence of Indians and blacks and the talk over slavery raised severe questions on the efficacy of those rules. Oertel argues that, finally, many local americans, blacks, and ladies formed the political and cultural terrain in ways in which ensured the destruction of slavery, yet they, besides their white male opposite numbers, didn't defeat the resilient energy of white supremacy.

Moving past a standard political historical past of Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Borders breaks new flooring via revealing how the struggles of this hugely varied sector contributed to the nationwide flow towards disunion and the way the ideologies that ruled race and gender family have been challenged as North, South, and West converged at the border among slavery and freedom.

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Royall led two trains from Kansas to Arkansas, and he reported to Brig. Gen. R. Jones that Indians attacked his party in June 1848. At five in the morning, approximately two to three hundred “warriors” descended upon Royall’s unit. S. soldiers’ courage: “The enemy made an attempt to charge through the line of tents on Major Bryant’s side of the camp. One Indian was killed there and dragged into camp with his shield and lance. ” 55 Indians are stereotypically remembered as having carried war “trophies,” such as scalps, from battle, but this example indicates that white men kept souvenirs from the conflicts as well.

S. 47 This pattern persisted in Kansas Territory, and the Indian agents in the region lamented the negative effects of alcohol on the tribes’ mental and physical health. ” 48 And agent Burton A. ” 49 In response to these problems, Cumming and his agents in the Central Superintendence developed programs designed to curb alcohol consumption among the tribes. He formed alliances with influential men within each tribe and discouraged alcohol consumption by promising financial benefits in return for temperance.

31 Missions cultivated an environment in which Indian habits were discouraged, whereas “white” behavior was learned and encouraged. Missionaries provided classes for Indian youth and adults in English, farming techniques, and domestic arts. One early settler observed, “The girls learned to sew, cook, do house work and the boys worked on the farm, helped the blacksmith, did carpentry work and both sexes spent several hours each day . . ” 32 Elizabeth Morse, a Baptist missionary working among the Delawares, reported to Indian agent J.

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