In my search for reading materials relating to my dna test and my memories, I've found a 1962 book called 'Almost White' by Brewton Berry. It could have been titled 'the Vanishing Indian.' In fact, his first chapter bears that name. I certainly do wish there were someone like Brewton Berry around right now for me to talk to.
One thing I begin to realize as I do all this tri-racial reading, is how much racial and ethnic categories and classifications change over time. As I said in my last post, history is a regional thing, and there are time-regions too. People felt differently in the past, and some of the things that were 'issues' then, aren't now. Although perhaps there are still issues around race and ethnicity in our country with its ongoing immigration, they just aren't quite the same issues. When we look at other countries where there is all-out war among ethnic factions, I think we can't really believe that 'this sort of thing' is no longer a problem on earth.
In any case, the world of Brewton Berry is the world I grew up in - although I grew up in the northern version, which I regret was not covered in the book. So it's up to me, or to someone else with more scholarly ambitions, to reconstruct it. In the meantime, I can extrapolate from this book to my own early situation.
Most of the writing on the subject of 'tri-racials' focuses on the American South where race issues were formerly perceived to be greatest. Many tri-racial people had to live in isolated communities with varying degrees of mixing, usually with whites. For example, today's Melungeons test out on average via DNA to be usually 90-95% European in ancestry, with the remaining 5-10% Native American, African or some combination of each. This is because they intermarried a lot with whites.
In Pennsylvania, mixed marriages were legal during certain periods of time, like during the Revolutionary War, and prior to 1723, so it's a somewhat different picture. During the earliest periods, 1500-1600's, there was plenty of mixing without anyone worrying too much about it, until later. African and European indentured servants were often on a par in terms of their servitude in those days, but soon after differences arose, mostly about how long their terms of service were. Further on, blacks began to serve longer and longer terms, and after a Virginia uprising by a mixed group of freed indentured servants, the idea of lifelong servitude grew in appeal among landowners, leading to what we now think of as 'plantation-slavery.' I found this out by watching a documentary called 'Africans in America.' It's very good. I recommend it, if only for the beautiful music and photography.