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Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 174

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This is the grave of Michael Green and the future grave of Theda Perdue.

Pioneering historians of Native America, both Green and Perdue have had impressive careers. Green finished his PhD from Iowa in 1973 before teaching at West Texas State, Monmouth, Iowa, Dartmouth, and Oklahoma before landing his last job at the University of North Carolina. He and Perdue founded the Native American Studies program at UNC. Green is best known for The Politics of Indian Removal: Creek Government and Society in Crisis in 1982 and Creeks: A Tribal History in 1990. If anything, Perdue is even more well-known, with books such as 2003’s “Mixed Blood” Indians: Racial Construction in the Early South, 2001’s Sifters: Native American Women’s Lives and 1998’s Cherokee Women: Gender and Culture Change. Green and Perdue co-wrote North American Indians: A Very Short Introduction in 2010. Green also has an endowed lecture named for him in American Indian Studies at UNC. Both have long histories in left politics going back several decades and have been some of the most respected historians of the United States, doing much to bringing the histories of the southern tribes into the mainstream of U.S. historical studies.

Michael Green is buried in Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC.

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