Native American History & the Explanatory Potential of Settler Colonialism

By Bryan Rindfleisch.

In this blog post, which originally appeared on “The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History,” one of our newest faculty members reflects on recent currents in colonial historiography and how he applies them to his course on Native American history here at Marquette.  It begins:

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“One of the trending themes in Native American history is “Settler Colonialism.” From Patrick Wolfe’s foundational essay, to recent works by historians and literary scholars—Bethel Saler, Jodi Byrd, Gregory Smithers, David Preston, and Lisa Ford, for instance—this theoretical model has attracted significant attention within the field.[1]

In fact, I’ve deployed this concept as the framework for my upper-division class, “A History of Native America, 1491–Present,” at Marquette. But over the past several weeks it has become evident that settler colonialism is a bit of a minefield. . . .”

Read the entire piece at https://earlyamericanists.com/2016/02/10/native-american-history-the-explanatory-potential-of-settler-colonialism/.

Bryan Rindfleisch inn assistant professor of history at Marquette University.  He is currently transforming his dissertation, “’Possessed of the most Extensive Trade, Connexions, and Influence’: The Atlantic Intimacies of an Eighteenth-Century Indian Trader,” into a book manuscript.

 

 

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