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Re: Earliest ancestor question
In Response To: Re: Earliest ancestor question ()

While it may have been a percieved "stain" upon the family for a child to be born of the master in southern black slave society, in Cherokee (and likely all FCT) slave society, particularly following emancipation and the granting of citizenship (and the withholding of citizenship in the Chickasaw Nation), it became a matter of self-preservation to claim blood ties to the Indians. Many of the Cherokee slaves did not return to the Nation within the six month requirement and having or claiming some degree of Cherokee blood, whether through a legitimate relationship or a non-consenual liaison with the ol massa could have a far reaching impact upon whether the person attained citizenship or not. The negative economic impact of being a non-citizen was tremendous. And in the Choctaw/Chickasaw Nations a claim of Indian blood could lead one to the "by blood" section of the roll and a larger allotment, actually 10 times the size of a freedmen allottment. Blood quantum, the specific amount of Indian blood, was never an issue in the Cherokee Nation prior to the arrival of the Dawes Commission, however, the possession or lack of Cherokee blood weighed heavily upon the legal and social status of all Cherokees.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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