"Towards a New Population History of Colonial California: Mortality and Fertility among Natives and Colonists in Alta California, 1769-1850"

OI Colloquium with Steve Hackel This paper will present preliminary results from an analysis of fertility, mortality and marriage patterns among more than 89,000 Indigenous Californians and some 19,000 settlers or pobladores who lived in California’s 21 missions, 4 presidios, and 3 pueblos between 1769 and 1850.  Studying these two populations side by side raises important questions about differential… Read More

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Fighting for Their Places: Race and Settlement in the Early Republic

Join us for an OI Author Conversation with Samantha Seeley and Michael Witgen. Westward expansion is a central theme in the history of the United States.  But the movement of people across the continent, forced and voluntary, was more complicated and more fraught than popular narratives suggest.  Indigenous peoples in the Old Northwest struggled to retain their homelands… Read More

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Centering the Native South: A Roundtable on Native Pasts and Futures

Join the Society of Early Americanists for a free and public Zoom webinar sponsored by Georgia Humanities and the Omohundro Institute. Brooke Bauer (Catawba; University of South Carolina, Lancaster), Malinda Maynor Lowery (Lumbee; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), and Julie L. Reed (Cherokee; Pennsylvania State University) will discuss their scholarship while reflecting on the ways that early Indigenous… Read More

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Down the Rabbit Hole with Sigenauk

By John William Nelson John William Nelson (Texas Tech University) is the author of “Sigenauk’s War of Independence: Anishinaabe Resurgence and the Making of Indigenous Authority in the Borderlands of Revolution” in the October 2021 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly. I did not set out to write a history of an obscure… Read More

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