Thursday, July 30, 2015

Book Beginning: At the Hearth of the Crossed Races


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In the summer of 1851, the French traveler Pierre Fournier de Saint Amant visited the Oregon Territory, spending several weeks with French-Indian families living in a corner of the Willamette Valley known as French Prairie.

At the Hearth of the Crossed Races: A French-Indian Community in Nineteenth-Century Oregon, 1812-1859 by Melinda Marie Jette.

Jette takes a new look at the role of French-Canadian fur trappers, the French-Indian families they created, and their indigenous kin in colonizing the Pacific Northwest,  She re-examines the traditional history of the region that puts Anglo-American settlers at the center of the story, focusing on the 47 years from 1812, when the Kalapuyans first had direct contact with Euro-Americans, and 1859, when Oregon became a state.


  1. I love history, and this is a time and place I know little about. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sounds like an interesting history you can relate to, since you live in Oregon.

  3. Hi Gilion,

    A little local history for you this week then :)

    Reading the full synopsis, it strikes me, that no matter whereabouts in the World, in no matter which period of time and by no matter which race of people - we inherently all strived and continue to strive, to be racial supremacists - a condition which appears to be in the very essence of our DNA and gene structure and which it is almost impossible to eradicate.

    Whilst not a book for me, it does sound like a challenging and enlightening read and I hope that you gain much from reading it.

    Thanks for sharing and hosting BBOF and have a good weekend :)


  4. I grew up in the Willamette Valley (Eugene, then Corvallis) and I've never heard of French Prairie. Where is it? (Was it?)

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  5. This sounds quite interesting.

    Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your book and your weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
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  6. I've seen a few things recently about the French settlers in this country and have found it so interesting. This sounds really interesting!

  7. That would be very interesting to read about when Oregon became a state. :)
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  8. A nice history book to sit down and read. I like history myself. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hi Gillion,
    Your book sound really great. Have a great day!

  10. Oh, cool! Pacific Northwest history! AND it's not about Lewis and Clark like so much about this area is.


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