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Robert G. Parkinson

The Heart of American Darkness

For a century, Frederick Jackson Turner's vision of the frontier has dominated scholarship, either for or against. There is another narrator of empire from the 1890s whom we have not considered as applicable as a way of "seeing" the frontier in American history: Joseph Conrad. "The Heart of American...(Read More)

Andrew R. Graybill

Mild West and Wild West: Canadian and American Frontiers in Comparative Perspective

Using the Canadian Mounties and the Texas Rangers as a frame, this lecture explores the differences as well as the surprising similarities that characterized the nineteenth-century frontiers at either end of the Great Plains, with particular attention to ecology, Native peoples, and the persistence...(Read More)

Carolyn Eastman

The Indian Censures the White Man: Americans’ Preoccupation with Indian Eloquence

Eloquent Indian speeches served as models for fine oratory to Americans in the years after the Revolution—even though these speeches frequently condemned Americans for their hypocrisy and guilt for Indian suffering. This talk explores how it was that, at the very moment Americans sought new...(Read More)

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