Margaret D. Jacobs on the Removal of Indigenous Children

White Mother to a Dark Race
03.27.2011

Historian Margaret Jacobs studies the history of women and gender.  Her latest book, "White Mother to a Dark Race", looks at early 20th century policies in both the U.S. and Australia, that removed indigenous children from their homes. Jacobs told Steve Paulson that for aboriginal children, these removal policies meant growing up in constant fear.

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What you failed to mention AT ALL was that both the Aboriginal and Indian communities were decimated by alcohol. This does not excuse the policy of removing children, but it does help explain the motives better. Understanding how a program like that was explained to the public helps us keep an eye out for it again in the future (and hopefully avoid it).

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