George Bent and his Five Wives (Morrison)

Mar 18, 2018

George Bent and his Five Wives: Uncovering A Half-Breed History of North America

Presenter: Dr. Anne Hyde

Examining the intimate side of the fur trade, we find that something quite new emerged in North America—half-European, half-Indian families whose children embraced both heritages. For the next two hundred years, these mixed families quietly engaged in an experiment in peaceful race relations and proud mixed-race communities that worked. The Bent family of St. Louis, southern Colorado, and Oklahoma provide a rich example. Just how this alternative story of race relations emerged, what sustained it, who destroyed it and why makes George Bent’s story one that will break your heart.