Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, Memphis, TN Videos

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MOCH/Belle McWilliams Lecture: Nakia Parker

"Intertwined Separations: Indian Removal and the Domestic Slave Trade in the Native South"

At the same time the domestic slave trade transported over one million African Americans from the Upper to the Lower South, the federal policy of Indian removal expelled thousands of American Indians from their homelands in the midwestern and southeastern parts of the United States. How did chattel slavery and the domestic slave trade shaped removal processes in the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations and the lives of the individuals expelled westward to Indian Territory? Dr. Parker’s presentation will examine how Indian removal forced Indigenous people westward while simultaneously serving as another form of slave migration, as Native people brought their enslaved people west with them.

Nakia D. Parker is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Michigan State University. Dr. Parker is a historian of nineteenth-century U.S. slavery, African American, and American Indian history. She is currently working on her book manuscript, Trails of Tears and Freedom: Black Life in Indian Slave Country, 1830-1866 which examines the lives of enslaved and self-liberated individuals of African and Afro-Native descent in Choctaw and Chickasaw communities in nineteenth-century Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma).

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