Fay Yarbrough’s research interests focus on the native populations of the southeastern United States and Indian Territory during the nineteenth century. She is particularly interested in the interactions between indigenous peoples and people of African descent.
Her first book Race and the Cherokee Nation: Sovereignty in the Nineteenth Century explores the complex relationship between the construction of sexual boundaries and the formation of tribal and racial identities. The study analyzes how Cherokee lawmakers used marriage laws to construct conceptions of race and gender in the face of Jackson’s Indian policies and how the Civil War and Reconstruction reconfigured the thinking of Cherokee legislators.
Caleb McDaniel is an associate professor in the Department of History and is a resident magister at Duncan College. Dr. McDaniel is an historian of slavery, abolitionism, transatlantic reform, and the nineteenth-century United States.
19Th Century Us Research - HIST.587.002
Graduate research and writing seminar on U.S. nineteenth-century history, with an emphasis on social and cultural history. Research paper required.