Captives and Cousins Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands

ISBN-10: 0807853828
ISBN-13: 9780807853825
Edition: 2002
Authors: James F. Brooks
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List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 5/14/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

This sweeping, richly evocative study examines the origins and legacies of a flourishing captive exchange economy within and among native American and Euramerican communities throughout the Southwest Borderlands from the Spanish colonial era to the end of the nineteenth century. Indigenous and colonial traditions of capture, servitude, and kinship met and meshed in the borderlands, forming a "slave system" in which victims symbolized social wealth, performed services for their masters, and produced material goods under the threat of violence. Slave and livestock raiding and trading among Apaches, Comanches, Kiowas, Navajos, Utes, and Spaniards provided labor resources, redistributed wealth, and fostered kin connections that integrated disparate and antagonistic groups even as these practices renewed cycles of violence and warfare. Always attentive to the corrosive effects of the "slave trade" on Indian and colonial societies, the book also explores slavery's centrality in intercultural trade, alliances, and "communities of interest" among groups often antagonistic to Spanish, Mexican, and American modernizing strategies. The extension of the moral and military campaigns of the American Civil War to the Southwest in a regional "war against slavery" brought differing forms of social stability but cost local communities much of their economic vitality and cultural flexibility.

List of Maps, Illustrations, and Tables
Violence, Exchange, and the Honor of Men
Maps
Los Llaneros: Creating a Plains Borderland
Los Pastores: Creating a Pastoral Borderland
Los Montaneses: Traversing Borderlands
Elaborating the Plains Borderlands
Commerce, Kinship, and Coercion
Peaks and Valleys: The Borderlands Speak
Closer and Closer Apart
Epilogue: Refugio Gurriola Martinez
Chronology
Glossary of Spanish and Native American Terms
Navajo Livestock and Captive Raids, 1780-1864
New Mexican Livestock and Captive Raids, 1780-1864
New Mexican Peonage and Slavery Hearings, 1868
Acknowledgments
Index

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