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The Monacan Indian Nation Of Virginia

Author : Rosemary Clark Whitlock
ISBN : UOM:39015077650987
Genre : History
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The contemporary Monacan Nation had approximately 1,400 registered members in 2006, mostly living in and around Lynchburg, Virginia, in Amherst County, but some are scattered like any other large family. Records trace the Monacans of Virginia back to the late 1500s, with an estimated population of over 15,000 in the 1700s. Like members of some other native tribes, the Monacans have a long history of struggles for equality in jobs, health care, and education and have suffered cultural, political, and social abuse at the hands of authority figures appointed to serve them. The critical difference for the Monacans was the actions of segregationist Dr. Walter A. Plecker, Director of the Bureau of Vital Statistics from 1912 until he retired at age 85 in 1946. A strong proponent and enforcer of Virginia’s Racial Integrity Law of 1924 (struck down in 1967), which prohibited marriage between races, Plecker’s interpretation of that law convinced him that there were only two races–white and colored–and anyone not bearing physically white genetic characteristics was “colored” and that included Indians. He would not let Indians get married in Virginia unless they applied as white or colored, he forced the local teachers to falsify the students’ race on the official school rolls, and he threatened court clerks and census takers with prosecution if they used the term “Indian” on any official form. He personally changed government records when his directives were not followed and even coerced postpartum Indian mothers to list their newborns as white or colored or they could not take their infants home from the hospital. Eventually the federal government intervened, directing the Virginia state officials to begin the tedious process of correcting official records. Yet the legacy of Plecker’s attempted cultural genocide remains. Through interviews with 26 Monacans, one Episcopal minister appointed to serve them, one former clerk of the court for Amherst County, and her own story, Whitlock provides first person accounts of what happened to the Monacan families and how their very existence as Indians was threatened.

Indian Island In Amherst County

Author : Peter W. Houck
ISBN : WISC:89060703857
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Monacan Millennium

Author : Jeffrey L. Hantman
ISBN : 9780813941486
Genre : Social Science
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While Jamestown and colonial settlements dominate narratives of Virginia’s earliest days, the land’s oldest history belongs to its native people. Monacan Millennium tells the story of the Monacan Indian people of Virginia, stretching from 1000 A.D. through the moment of colonial contact in 1607 and into the present. Written from an anthropological perspective and informed by ethnohistory, archaeology, and indigenous tribal perspectives, this comprehensive study reframes the Chesapeake’s early colonial period—and its deep precolonial history—by viewing it through a Monacan lens. Shifting focus to the Monacans, Hantman reveals a group whose ritual practices bespeak centuries of politically and culturally dynamic history. This insightful volume draws on archeology, English colonial archives, Spanish sources, and early cartography to put the Monacans back on the map. By examining representations of the tribe in colonial, postcolonial, and contemporary texts, the author fosters a dynamic, unfolding understanding of who the Monacan people were and are.

Strangers In Their Midst

Author : Sherrie McLeRoy
ISBN : 9780788443732
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This book presents a historical overview of the free Negro in Virginia, from the mid-eighteenth century through the Civil War, along with the physical and historical background of Amherst County. The original edition preserved a wealth of information on n

The Women S National Indian Association

Author : Valerie Sherer Mathes
ISBN : 9780826355645
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Mathes’s edited volume, the first book to address the history of the WNIA, comprises essays by eight authors on the work of this important reform group.

Insiders Guide To Williamsburg

Author : Sue Corbett
ISBN : 9780762766215
Genre : Travel
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Insiders' Guide to Williamsburg and Virginia's Historic Triangle is the essential source for in-depth travel and relocation information to Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. Written by a local (and true insider), this guide offers a personal and practical perspective of the cities and the surrounding environs.

The Virginia Indian Heritage Trail

Author : Karenne Wood
ISBN : 0978660439
Genre : Heritage tourism
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A short guide to Virginia Indian tribes, archeology, museums, reservations, events, and historical figures. Includes maps.

The History Of The American Indians

Author : James Adair
ISBN : ONB:+Z170736208
Genre : Indians
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History Of The Old Cheraws

Author : Alexander Gregg
Genre : Cheraw Indians
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Encyclopedia Of Native American Tribes

Author : Carl Waldman
ISBN : 9781438110103
Genre : Indians of North America
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A comprehensive, illustrated encyclopedia which provides information on over 150 native tribes of North America, including prehistoric peoples.

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