POP UP SEMINAR! “Violence in American History”, Susannah Hopson

History at Hull is holding a pop up seminar on Wednesday 14th December, 1pm, in the Library Teaching Room 1. It will take the form of an assessment of Ned Blackhawk’s award-winning book “Violence Over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West” (Harvard, 2006). Susannah Hopson, PhD Candidate, will offer a reflection on this book in light of her soon-to-be submitted thesis on memory and the history of the Bear River and Sand Creek Massacres.

Blackhawk’s argument can be seen in this lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWNXpgBGpGU. He argued that the basic narratives of American history were faulted, in that they omitted Indian history and the condition of violence; his work reflected positions and arguments that were central to the ‘new’ Indian history of the 1970s and 1980s, and its ‘success’ in academic terms helped to bring these ideas into the mainstream. How can we write the history of violence back into American history? Is there an Indian history that does not involve violence?

All are welcome to attend what promises to be a really interesting seminar.


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