By Steven C Hahn
The tale of Mary Musgrove (1700-1764), a Creek Indian-English lady suffering for achievement in colonial society, is an out of this world one.
As a literate Christian, entrepreneur, and spouse of an Anglican clergyman, Mary was once considered one of a small variety of "mixed blood" Indians to accomplish a place of prominence between English colonists. Born to a Creek mom and an English father, Mary's bicultural historical past ready her for an eventful maturity spent within the tough and tumble international of Colonial Georgia Indian affairs.
Active in international relations, exchange, and politics--affairs mostly ruled via men--Mary labored as an interpreter among the Creek Indians and the colonists--although a few argue that she did so for her personal profits, changing translations to sway transactions in her desire. Widowed two times within the major of her lifestyles, Mary and her successive husbands claimed gigantic tracts of land in Georgia (illegally, as British officers could have it) via advantage of her Indian history, thereby souring her courting with the colony's governing officers and seriously straining the colony's dating with the Creek Indians.
Using Mary's existence as a story thread, Steven Hahn explores the attached histories of the Creek Indians and the colonies of South Carolina and Georgia. He demonstrates how the fluidity of race and gender family at the southern frontier finally succumbed to extra inflexible hierarchies that supported the region's rising plantation system.