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The Massachusetts Indian Enfranchisement Act: Ethnic Contest in Historical Context, 1849-1869

Ann Marie Plane and Gregory Button
Ethnohistory
Vol. 40, No. 4 (Autumn, 1993), pp. 587-618
Published by: Duke University Press
DOI: 10.2307/482589
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/482589
Page Count: 32
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The Massachusetts Indian Enfranchisement Act: Ethnic Contest in Historical Context, 1849-1869
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Abstract

This paper examines the granting of citizenship and voting rights to Indians in Massachusetts as a case of inter-ethnic negotiation much more complicated than the rubric of Indian-white policy suggests. The authors first examine the ways in which outside events altered state policy, despite strong continuities in ethnic boundaries. They then explore the complex definition of ethnic identity by residents within Indian enclave communities, and the different understanding of this identity among various groups of white outsiders. These varying definitions confirm and elaborate social science theories of boundary maintenance and ethnic identity. Most treatments of this event to date have examined it in relation to twentieth-century land claims-rather than as a multiethnic negotiation firmly situated in the mid-nineteenth century context of legal changes for African-Americans of the post-Civil War era.

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