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Borderland NarrativesNegotiation and Accommodation in North America's Contested Spaces, 1500-1850$
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Andrew K. Frank and A. Glenn Crothers

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054957

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054957.001.0001

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“The Mark Unmistakably Fixed upon Their Brows”

“The Mark Unmistakably Fixed upon Their Brows”

A Free Family of Color on America’s Borderlands

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Borderland Narratives

Julie Winch

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores the tangled web of the Clamorgans, a free black family in antebellum St. Louis. The Clamorgans, who were connected by kinship to many prominent families, reveal how race was carefully cultivated in a borderlands town. The Clamorgans did more that live in a borderlands locale. In particular, this essay explores how the Clamorgans explored the fluidity of racial and social categories in St. Louis to pursue their self-interest. By astutely manipulating their situation, the Clamorgans could move backward and forward across boundaries of every kind to protect themselves and exploit situations to their advantage.

Keywords:   Borderlands, Clamorgan, Race, St. Louis

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