By Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel
Oertel starts via detailing the cost of jap Kansas by way of emigrant Indian tribes and explores their interplay with the starting to be variety of white settlers within the sector. She analyzes the makes an attempt by means of southerners to plant slavery in Kansas and the finally profitable resistance of slaves and abolitionists. Oertel then considers how crude frontier residing stipulations, Indian clash, political upheaval, and sectional violence reshaped conventional Victorian gender roles in Kansas and explores women’s participation within the political and actual conflicts among proslavery and antislavery settlers.
Oertel is going directly to study northern and southern definitions of “true manhood” and the way competing principles of masculinity infused political and sectional tensions. She concludes with an research of miscegenation—not purely how racial blending among Indians, slaves, and whites encouraged occasions in territorial Kansas, yet extra importantly, how the terror of miscegenation fueled either proslavery and antislavery arguments concerning the want for civil war.
As Oertel demonstrates, the gamers in Bleeding Kansas used guns except their Sharpes rifles and Bowie knives to salary battle over the extension of slavery: they attacked every one other’s cultural values and struggled to say their very own political wills. They jealously guarded beliefs of manhood, womanhood, and whiteness whilst the presence of Indians and blacks and the controversy over slavery raised critical questions about the efficacy of those rules. Oertel argues that, finally, many local american citizens, blacks, and ladies formed the political and cultural terrain in ways in which ensured the destruction of slavery, yet they, besides their white male opposite numbers, did not defeat the resilient energy of white supremacy.
Moving past a traditional political heritage of Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Borders breaks new flooring via revealing how the struggles of this hugely different zone contributed to the nationwide movement towards disunion and the way the ideologies that ruled race and gender kin have been challenged as North, South, and West converged at the border among slavery and freedom.
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Bleeding Borders: Race, Gender, and Violence in Pre-Civil War Kansas (Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War) by Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel