Slavery & Native Americans
with Christian Crouch
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 • Tuesday, November 24, 2020
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
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Colonial and nineteenth-century Native/Indigenous history and Black history are often taught as separate topics, with the former placed outside the frame of U.S. national development and the latter considered overwhelmingly in terms of slavery in the antebellum Cotton Kingdom. This class offers a chance to consider the entwined themes of race and dispossession in the North, not the South, and to think about the connections between Native and Black individuals. The sources covered look at both material culture (including sculptures by Edmonia Lewis) and texts (such as the abolition narrative of Sophia Pooley) and will demonstrate why it is important to think of the intersection of the African diaspora with Native Studies when considering American history. The class will also offer ways to think of primary sources as visual histories, not just illustrations, which can enhance classroom discussions.
Christian Ayne Crouch is Associate Professor of Historical Studies and Director of American Studies at Bard College. She is the author of the award-winning Nobility Lost: French and Canadian Martial Cultures, Indians, and the End of New France, and her scholarship has delved into the Atlantic military culture, French imperial legacies, and the intersection of Native and African-American history and material culture. Her current book project, Queen Victoria’s Captive: A Story of Ambition, Empire, and a Stolen Ethiopian Prince, reevaluates East African colonial encounters and the human consequences of the world’s most expensive hostage rescue mission.