Native Americans and America’s Founding Stories

Wed. March 18, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Hosted by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture


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Early-America historians Susan Sleeper-Smith (Indigenous Prosperity and American Conquest: Indian Women of the Ohio River Valley, 1690-1792) and James Rice (Virginia 1619: Slavery and Freedom in the Making of English America) share their examinations of the lives of native Americans during the founding era of the United States, including the beginning of native dispossession and the oft-overlooked roles of indigenous women. Book sales and signing follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“Clearly written, well researched, and intellectually engaging. . . . Not only does the author [Susan Sleeper-Smith] restore the voices of Indigenous women . . . she also challenges persuasively the master narrative that has justified the excesses of American expansion.” —Western Historical Quarterly

“Long-awaited. . . . Sleeper-Smith’s important new work reminds us how much our historical knowledge relies on unexamined non-Native assumptions about Native gender constructions and how very differently Native history appears when Native constructions of gender are employed in their stead.” —American Historical Review

“Timely and insightful, Virginia 1619 brings together influential transatlantic scholars to assess debates around race, gender, and political authority from the colonial British Atlantic. Its authors convincingly demonstrate how both deliberate and haphazard decision making in 1619 Virginia ultimately structured a world of inequality with resonance into the present.” —Audrey Horning, College of William & Mary and Queen’s University Belfast