Early America & Narratives of Violence | Newberry

Early America & Narratives of Violence

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Bryan Rindfleisch, Marquette University
Full. Waitlist only.
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Early America was a violent place. Competing cultures, clashing agendas, and a series of unsettling conditions all encouraged conflict. This is the prevailing historical narrative today that defines Early America, circa 1492-1800. However, violence was only one response to the complex and intimate interactions between Native Americans, African Americans, and Europeans in the New World. Collaboration, compromise, and negotiation similarly - if not more importantly - defined these peoples and their encounters, exchanges, and connections over the course of three centuries. This seminar, then, will explore this alternative history of Early America sans violence, while at the same time understanding how and why violence became a part of this history, but not the defining characteristic. Finally, this seminar will grapple with the questions of why violence is central to the narratives and histories that we create about ourselves and teach others, and how we might frame the history of Early America in different ways.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 7, 2018. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at rossc@newberry.org.

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.