[A] sweeping history….Hyde’s meticulous research and lucid prose bring her subjects and their complex worlds and canny survival strategies to vivid life. The result is an essential reconsideration of Native American history.—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A searching study of the role of mixed-descent people, with Indigenous and other ancestry, over 400 years of American history.—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Through stories that are vivid, humane, and powerful, Anne F. Hyde deftly explores families that mixed native and settler cultures in the heart of North America. Sometimes coercive, but often mutual, these intimate relations helped diverse peoples coexist in American borderlands.—Alan Taylor, author of American Republics
Anne F. Hyde writes compelling, boots-on-the-ground history, telling stories that are personal, poignant, and powerful. This is the way people really lived.—Elizabeth A. Fenn, author of Encounters at the Heart of the World
Anne F. Hyde deftly reconstructs personal lives and relationships, charting the shift from an Indigenous and fur-trading world where marriage, kinship, and community building transcended racial differences to a world dominated by race and divided by ‘blood.’—Colin G. Calloway, author of The Indian World of George Washington
A stunningly rich history of family and survival in the midst of war, forced removal, broken treaties, and racist policies.—Kathleen DuVal, author of Independence Lost
Powerful, engrossing, and humane.—Brian DeLay, author of War of a Thousand Deserts
A tour de force—poignant and beautifully written.—Andrew R. Graybill, author of The Red and the White
Hyde tells stories that are gripping, tragic, inspiring, and, as she shows, essential to understanding the history of this vast region.—Claudio Saunt, author of Unworthy Republic
Born of Lakes and Plains puts Native people at the heart of a timely new consideration of the ways that intermarriage has confounded—and demanded—the creation of racial categories. It is not to be missed.
—Philip J. Deloria, author of Becoming Mary Sully
Anne F. Hyde’s gripping account of mixed-descent families shows how tangled the real story of this country actually is. It puts our simple stories to shame.—Richard White, author of Who Killed Jane Stanford?