Collection: Five Civilized Tribes In Oklahoma

Slavery in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations

Slavery was an existing institution in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations at the time of and prior to the treaties of 1830 and 1837, and the same general rule regarding the status of the offspring of slaves seemed to have prevailed there as in the neighboring States. Out of the social system thus existing various conditions arose resulting in the following classes: Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Where one parent was an Indian citizen (male or female) and the other a non-citizen having the status of a free person. In such the offspring were entitled to enrollment regardless of the race of the non-citizen parent. Where one parent was an Indian citizen (male or female) and the other had the status of a slave. Here the rule seems to have been that the offspring would follow the mother; that is to say, if she were a slave her children would also be slaves, as was the rule generally in slave-holding States, but if the mother...

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