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Women, Labor, and Power in the Nineteenth-Century Choctaw Nation

Fay Yarbrough
Professor of History, Associate Dean, Programs and Special Projects School of Humanities
Rice University

1:50 pm-2:50 pm EST (12:50-1:50 pm CST) Wednesday April 6, Professor Fay Yarbrough, Associate Dean of Humanities at Rice University, will present “Women, Labor, and Power in the Nineteenth-Century Choctaw Nation,” co-hosted by UGA professors Ervan Garrison and Jim Wilson for the Homeland Returns series at UGA. Yarbrough will discuss Choctaw women’s roles in Choctaw society during the tumultuous nineteenth century, which included the removal of the Choctaw people from the southeastern United States to Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma, and their alliance with the Confederacy during the Civil War.


Fay Yarbrough received her doctorate in American history from Emory University and completed her undergraduate degree at Rice University. Her research interests center on interactions between Native peoples and people of African descent in the nineteenth-century. She published the monograph Race and the Cherokee Nation: Sovereignty in the Nineteenth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008) and coedited with Sandra Slater an essay collection titled Gender and Sexuality in Indigenous North America, 1400-1850 (University of South Carolina Press, 2011). Her work has also appeared in the Journal of Social History, the Journal of Southern History, and the edited volumes Race and Science and Civil War Wests: Testing the Limits of the United States. In 2020 she was the visiting editor at the Journal of Southern History.


At Rice University, Yarbrough’s academic titles include Professor of History, and affiliated faculty with the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; and with the Center for African and African American Studies. She previously taught at the University of Kentucky and the University of Oklahoma. She is currently the Associate Dean of Humanities for Undergraduate Programs and Special Projects at Rice.


Homeland Returns UGA, 2021-2022


A diversity research project at UGA, Homeland Returns engages the programs and people of sovereign Native nations, including those who were removed to Indian Territory/Oklahoma. It also seeks to counter the national removal narrative and grow diversity at UGA through research that attracts Native American students, scholars, and artists. Homeland Returns fosters mutual awareness by encouraging active scholarly exchange between people and departments in the academy with the people of programs in sovereign, federally-recognized tribes. It also introduces Native American students, scholars, artists, and tribal administrators to the considerable resources of UGA, Georgia’s largest research-1 university. Set in southeastern “Indian” homelands, the state of Georgia remains a place of interest to contemporary tribal communities, and to scholars who engage those communities.


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When: Apr 6, 2022 01:50 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Professor Fay Yarbrough presents “Women, Labor, and Power in the Nineteenth-Century Choctaw Nation,”


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