Embracing the crossroads that made the region distinctive this book reveals how American families have always been characterized by greater diversity than idealizations of the traditional family have allowed. The essays show how family life figured prominently in relations to larger struggles for conquest and control.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction David Wallace Adams and Crista DeLuzio PART ONE. DIVERSE FAMILIES AND RACIAL HIERARCHY 1. Breaking and Remaking Families: The Fostering and Adoption of Native American Children in Non-Native Families in the American West, 1880--1940 Margaret Jacobs 2. Becoming Comanches: Patterns of Captive Incorporation into Comanche Kinship Networks, 1820--1875 Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez 3. "Seeking the Incalculable Benefit of a Faithful, Patient Man and Wife": Families in the Federal Indian Service, 1880--1925 Cathleen D. Cahill 4. Hard Choices: Mixed-Race Families and Strategies of Acculturation in the U.S. West after 1848 Anne F. Hyde PART TWO. LAW, ORDER, AND THE REGULATION OF FAMILY LIFE 5. Family and Kinship in the Spanish and Mexican Borderlands: A Cultural Account Ramon A. Gutierrez 6. Love, Honor, and the Power of Law: Probating the Avila Estate in Frontier California Donna C. Schuele 7. "Who has a greater job than a mother?" Defining Mexican Motherhood on the U.S.-Mexico Border in the Early Twentieth Century Monica Perales 8. Borderlands/La Familia: Mexicans, Homes, and Colonialism in the Early Twentieth-Century Southwest Pablo Mitchell PART THREE. BORDERLAND CULTURES AND FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS 9. Intimate Ties: Marriage, Families, and Kinship in Eighteenth-Century Pueblo Communities Tracy Brown 10. The Paradox of Kinship: Native-Catholic Communities in Alta California, 1769--1840s Erika Perez 11. Territorial Bonds: Indenture and Affection in Intercultural Arizona, 1864--1894 Katrina Jagodinsky 12. Writing Kit Carson in the Cold War: "The Family," "The West," and Their Chroniclers Susan Lee Johnson Selected Bibliography List of Contributors Index