Towner Fellows’ Lounge
Decades before the Indian Removal Act and the founding of the American Colonization Society, Americans proposed projects that linked race and territory as solutions to the problems created by the American Revolution. Forced migration—in the form of exile laws, Indian treaties, or early colonization plans—was a crucial tool of post-Revolutionary state formation. This was clearest in the Ohio Valley in the 1780s and 1790s, where federal officials proposed the sale of Indian lands to finance the new nation. Drawing on the Newberry’s extensive Ohio Valley materials, this colloquium explores the relationship between race and removal in conflicts over land in the Northwest Territory.