Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation


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University of North Carolina Press
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6.1 X 9.2 X 1.0 inches | 1.14 pounds

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About the Author

Malinda Maynor Lowery (Lumbee) is Cahoon Family Professor in American History at Emory College. She is the author of The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle.


This book has a great deal to offer researchers in a variety of social science fields. Lowery gives a detailed, well-documented account of one group's extensive attempts to clarify who they think is an Indian and why they should be considered a tribe.--Social Forces

Lowery's arguments deserve thoughtful consideration not only by Americanist historians and scholars of native/indigenous studies but by officials, journalists, and anyone who presumes to know what makes or does not make a people 'Indian.'" --Journal of American History

Should be of great interest not only to those who study the Lumbees, other Native Americans, and government Indian policy but also, more broadly, to scholars of southern history, race relations, and identity studies.--Journal of Southern History

[A] richly detailed and very personal work. . . . A complex and layered story.--Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources

A deeply rewarding experience for the reader, infusing the text with a palpable connection between the author and her subject.--Bowtied and Fried

A unique perspective on Lumbee identity formation to American Indian studies of the historical record....A starting point for future insider studies of the relationship between Jim Crow segregation and American Indian identity formation....Readers are bound to find Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South a welcome text for inclusion in undergraduate and graduate seminars.--Wicazo Sa Review

Unflinching and even-handed analysis. . . . Lowery's book is particularly useful to scholars focusing on southeastern Native people, nonfederally recognized Indigenous communities, and the complex and often contradictory relationships between Native and black communities in the United States.--Studies in American Indian Literatures

[Lowery] demonstrates that identity and race are often contested concepts that are constantly being revised and that have real consequences for individuals and communities.--American Indian Quarterly

A savvy reader will recognize this as a strong contribution to scholarship on the social construction of race.--Social Forces

Lowery bravely dissects the historical struggles of the Lumbees, with insights applicable to all non-treaty Native peoples. . . . Highly recommended.--Choice

Lowery's engaging narrative and judicious scrutiny. . . provides both a rich story of these multifaceted people, and a perceptive model for understanding the intricacies of Indian identity."--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

The book's richness, wide range of archival sources, and complex treatment of identity make it an important work for scholars and teachers interested in both southern and Indian history.--Agricultural History

[An] important new book. . . . Extraordinarily detailed. . . . Superbly written. . . . A masterful discussion . . . that will be the standard treatment for decades to come.--North Carolina Historical Review