19th Century America: Fiends, Fugitives and Friends

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Enslaved Blacks, Native Peoples and Allied Others in the Frenzy of American Expansionism.

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Barely twenty years after the American Revolution, racially dominant interests turned internally to securing wholesale the country’s physical land space and harnessing its resources. It was done at the consistent disadvantage — in the extreme — to Blacks and Native Peoples. Driven by greed and supported by oppressive laws and cultural norms, nonetheless, they prevailed. However, there were activities that sought to counter some of those over-arching conditions. Yes, cooperation and support were intermittent and infrequent, but they did happen. This conference will bring forward some of those experiences. Please join us in this rare probe as we look at some historical events as America unfolded from east to west.

WED, MAY 26 - 10:00 AM

Surveying Principle Factors Creating the Crucible of 19th Century America with Muriel Tillinghast

WED, MAY 26 - 11:30 AM

The Pocahontas Myth: What it means to be Black and Native in America with Thearse McCalmon

THURSDAY, MAY 27, 10:00 AM

The Underground Railroad, and the Seminole Diaspora with T. Rasul Murray

THURSDAY, MAY 27- 11:30 AM

Rethinking Underground Railroads: On Freedom Fighters who Claimed Freedom in Mexico” with Maria Esther Hammack

WED, JUNE 2 - 10:00 AM

Coexistence and Cooperation: How Native Americans Assisted Freedom Seekers in the Early Midwest with Professor Roy E. Finkenbine, PhD.

WED, JUNE 2 - 11:30 AM

“William Swan among the Greensky Indians. A Sanctuary Story with Professor Roy E. Finkenbine, PhD.


Wyandot, Shawnee, and African American Resistance to Slavery in Ohio and Kansas with Diane Miller, PhD.


“Clara’s Porch” – Reflections on the interactions between the indigenous people and African Americans on Long Island” with Asiba Tupahache

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