Tribal “remnants” or state citizens: Mississippi Choctaws in the post-removal South*

Katherine Osburn

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This paper explores how the Mississippi Choctaws engaged state citizenship in the years immediately following removal. I challenge the standard narrative of Choctaws’ relationships with the Mississippi legal system as one in which they were primarily victimized by unscrupulous lawyers and state officials. I argue instead that Choctaws used their new status as citizens to fight back against dispossession. I also examine how ideals of masculinity and class conflicts shaped interpretations of rights and obligations between Indians and whites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-214
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Nineteenth Century History
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 3 2016


  • Citizenship
  • masculinity
  • race
  • settler colonialism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History


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