Re: Catherine Mellott and gender on the frontier

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Posted by Victoria on January 24, 1999 at 09:45:47:

In Reply to: Re: Catherine Mellott and Can-Tuck-ee posted by Elaine on January 23, 1999 at 19:23:23:

: : : 1784, while still in Detroit, Catherine met Simon Girty. He was 43, she was 20. Considering the fear and hatred Girty's very name caused along the frontier, as well as his none so good reputation as a bloody, ruthless renegade, I wonder what the 20 year old Catherine Malott was thinking.

: : : Elaine

: : I can't imagine it was a typical courtship even in those times.(Romantic dinners for two. Moonlight walks along the river. "Oh Simon. If only they knew the real you like I do.") Do you suppose he bought her?

: : Victoria

: Hi Victoria,

: In truth ... yes, I think he did buy her. {Family lore held that she was a "captive" bride ... but we know about family cover ups!}

: Elaine

Now see! Here is a great story for a book and a screenplay. When you've got Mann on the line you should just happen to mention it.

I think that this is such an interesting aspect of "colonial relations" and has been kept under wraps for so long. This was perhaps America's most wierd moment of gender relations. Women of all colors could be bought, with and without papers, or given away as presents. At no other time did it seem as women were as much at men's mercy as then. No recourse, no remorse from those that concocted such a world, or pretty much no admission of what was actually going on.


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