American Studies Luncehon Colloquium

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Thursday Nov 14, 2013
Neill Hall (formerly Humanities Building) 401

"Economies of Race and the 19th Century Foundations of U.S. Transracial Adoption" with Kelly Condit-Shrestha, PhD Candidate,History, U. of M.

 The emergence of U.S. transracial adoption is often historicized as a mid-to-late 20th century phenomenon, oftentimes within a “domestic” black/white/Indian paradigm.  This talk shifts our attention to the 19th and early 20th centuries, before overseas adoption, but was undergoing an increase in transracial child placement practices, with early movements of child placement via the orphan trains, Black Codes, and American Indian boarding schools.  This talk contextualizes these practices of sometimes adoption, foster care, and indentured servitude within the larger theoretical frameworks of U.S. nation-building, labor, race-making, and kinship to tease out these complicated roots of American adoption.


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