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Margot Mifflin

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Margot Mifflin is an author and journalist who writes about women's history and the arts. The author of Bodies of Subversion:A Secret History of Women and Tattoo, she has written for The New York Times,The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Mifflin is a professor in the English Department of Lehman College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her book, The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman (University of Nebraska Press/Bison Books, 2009) was a finalist for a Caroline Bancroft History Award. She's currently writing a cultural history of the Miss America pageant under contract with Counterpoint Press.

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"I've been so intrigued with the Olive Oatman story. When I saw this come up on audiobook, I jumped all over it. Her story of slavery to one Native American tribe after witnessing her family's slaughter and subsequent adoption by another for 5 year..." Read more of this review »
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"This is my favorite type of biography because it tells one person's amazing story couched in a larger historical and social perspective. Olive Oatman's tale is a fascinating account of one woman's adaptability and courage in the wild west, a stran..." Read more of this review »
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"I really liked this book and found it absolutely fascinating. While reading it, I'd come home from work, pass by the kitchen, go straight to my chair and pick up reading where I left off. It's a fascinating, easy to read book that one can finish i..." Read more of this review »
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"Olive Oatman was my great grandfather's cousin. Her family was massacred while traveling to California, and Olive and her sister were held captive. Years later, she was returned to white society. I grew up with this story, but recently several new..." Read more of this review »
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“But the very pattern Olive wore appears on a ceramic figurine of the late nineteenth or early twentieth century that displays traditional Mohave face painting, tattoo, beads, and clothing.”
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“In the early years of the Civil War, she continued to lecture and make other celebrity appearances. She visited the Old Ladies Home in New York City, where she bought a needlepoint bookmark in the shape of a Latin cross. She shopped in Boston. She visited the Abbotts in 1863. And in 1864, she learned that the Mohave leader who had orchestrated her adoption into the tribe was coming east. After a chain of events on the Colorado that Olive could never have imagined during her life as a Mohave, Irataba, now a Mohave diplomat and leader revered by whites, was in the city after a visit with President Lincoln in Washington. She bought herself a ticket to see him.”
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“In the coming years, Irataba emerged — from the perspective of the federal government — as the leader and spokesperson not only of the Mohaves, but of all the Colorado River tribes.”
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