Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean: Irish, Africans, and the Construction of Difference by Jenny Shaw (review)

Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean: Irish, Africans, and the Construction of Difference... Book Reviews { 825 Indian Depredation Claims System initially focused on the resettlement of women and children but eventually encouraged male settlers as well. As white settlers moved into the region, and soldiers actively harassed, terrorized, and sought to remove Seminoles from the land, the federal government sought to bring in white families “whom they fed, protected, and championed as the leading edge of American civilization” (161). In the debates over the Armed Occupation Act, the arguments for federal aid eventually shifted from the depredation narratives to one that emphasized the importance of armed men but did not fully abandon the gendered expression of domesticity as the vanguard of settler expansion. Indeed, women took advantage of the opportunities the act afforded, with forty women applying for and receiving permits under the act as heads of households (184). Clark Shire argues that this policy became the blueprint for the “1850 Land Donation Act (Oregon) and the 1862 Homestead Act” (192). Clark Shire’s work is an engaging and enlightening study of settler colonialism as it pertains to gender and American expansion into Florida. In particular, this book makes clear the importance of white women in establishing, and then reestablishing, the settler http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

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Book Reviews { 825 Indian Depredation Claims System initially focused on the resettlement of women and children but eventually encouraged male settlers as well. As white settlers moved into the region, and soldiers actively harassed, terrorized, and sought to remove Seminoles from the land, the federal government sought to bring in white families “whom they fed, protected, and championed as the leading edge of American civilization” (161). In the debates over the Armed Occupation Act, the arguments for federal aid eventually shifted from the depredation narratives to one that emphasized the importance of armed men but did not fully abandon the gendered expression of domesticity as the vanguard of settler expansion. Indeed, women took advantage of the opportunities the act afforded, with forty women applying for and receiving permits under the act as heads of households (184). Clark Shire argues that this policy became the blueprint for the “1850 Land Donation Act (Oregon) and the 1862 Homestead Act” (192). Clark Shire’s work is an engaging and enlightening study of settler colonialism as it pertains to gender and American expansion into Florida. In particular, this book makes clear the importance of white women in establishing, and then reestablishing, the settler

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Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 31, 2017

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