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CSAW Lecture: Stephen Aron, "Peace and Friendship: An Alternative History of the American West"
For this next installment in CSAW’s Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies, Stephen Aron will tour American frontiers from Revolution to the 1880s and from the Appalachians to the Pacific to expose times and places in which usually conflicting peoples overcame their differences—for a while. Running against the bloody currents that have long defined the westward expansion of the United States, this talk detours from this now mainstream view of western American history to spotlight an adjacent face of the American frontier in which a variety of arrangements and accommodations contained violence and abetted cross-cultural comity. His upcoming book of the same name (anticipated 2022 from Oxford University Press), featuring famous figures like Daniel Boone, William Clark, and Wyatt Earp, explores how unexpectedly amicable relations developed in these places and why they collapsed. Its contents also examine the ways in which the alternative histories of these sites have been forgotten and misremembered and what lessons we might glean from the legacy of concord.

Sep 30, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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