5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Christianized Indians, pacifist Moravians, and acculturated captives all occupied a tenuous position in the eighteenth century, caught between the “white” world and the Indian one. The Moravian mission towns in the Ohio country hovered in not only the geographic borderlands but in the social borderlands as well. These missions offer a glimpse into how late eighteen-century peoples – both Native and European – worked to create alternative gender, racial, and religious identities at a time when these categories were growing increasingly inflexible. This paper will focus on Peggy Conner, who was born the daughter of German immigrants, adopted by the Shawnee, and raised her five children in the multi-ethnic and multi-racial mission towns in the Great Lakes region.
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