The Editors:

I write this rejoinder to address the gross deficiency of Kirt von Daacke’s review of That the Blood Stay Pure: African Americans, Native Americans, and the Predicament of Race and Identity in Virginia (Bloomington, 2013)—a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2014—in The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, XLVI (2015), 126–127.

Von Daacke’s review follows the tradition of those twentieth-century scholars who served as advocates for Virginia Indians who were to be reclassified as “colored” to prevent “negroid Indians,” whose blood was tainted from admixture with that of Blacks, from contaminating the white gene pool. As outlined in Chapter 4 of my book—“Denying Blackness: Anthropological Advocacy and the Remaking of the Virginia Indians”—those advocates embarked on what became known as a salvage campaign; “proponents believed they [Virginia Indians] could be salvaged by constructing a usable past void of an African American presence that has become symbolic of Virginia Indian...

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