"Uncharted Terrain: The Challenge of Re-Imagining the Past"Join us for the 109th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, August 4-6, 2016.

The Blue Flower and the Account Book: Writing a History of Mixed-Blood Americans

by Anne F. Hyde

"The Blue Flower and the Account Book: Writing a History of Mixed-Blood Americans," a revised version of the August 2015 talk, examines the story of two mixed-blood women, indigenous and Anglo American, who lived in the fur trade North American West. The essay examines a racial category, mixed blood or “half-breed” and considers the challenges for people who lived in and used that category in the nineteenth century. The essay illuminates the challenges of using different kinds of personal records to understand how these nineteenth-century women might have thought about identity, a word they never would have used.

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Pacific Historical Review: 85 (1)

Vol. 85 No. 1, February 2016
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ISSN: 0030-8684
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For over eighty years, Pacific Historical Review has accurately and adeptly covered the rich history of the Pacific Rim, including U.S. expansion to the Pacific and beyond, cross-cultural and comparative studies, race and ethnicity, history of empire and imperialism, environmental history, and historiography. The journal seeks to foster dialogue between scholars of disparate—yet intricately related—fields of history by offering a common medium of publication.


Khalil Johnson, Jr., the Arrell M. Gibson Award of the WHA for "The Chinle Dog Shoots: Federal Governance and Grass-roots Politics in Postwar Navajo Country" 

Verity McInnis, the Jensen-Miller Award for WHA for "Indirect Agents of Empire: Army Officers’ Wives in British India and the American West, 1830–1875" 

Kelly Lytle Hernández, the Louis Knott Koontz Memorial Award of the PCB-AHA for "Hobos in Heaven: Race, Incarceration, and the Rise of Los Angeles, 1880–1910"

Paul Hirsch, the W. Turrentine Jackson Article Prize of the PCB-AHA for "'This Is Our Enemy': The Writers’ War Board and Representations of Race in Comic Books, 1942–1945"

Beth Lew-Williams, the Madison Prize of the SHFG for "Before Restriction Became Exclusion: America’s Experiment in Diplomatic Immigration Control" 

Catherine Christensen, the Nupur Chaudhuri First Article Prize of the CCWH for "Mujeres Publicas: American Prostitutes in Baja California, 1910–1930" 

Linda C. Noel, the Michael P. Malone Award of the WHA for "'I am an American': Anglos, Mexicans, Nativos, and the National Debate over Arizona and New Mexico Statehood"