Contested Foundations: Commemorating the Red Letter Year of 1619, Conference 2: “Burgesses to be cho

Friday, February 21, 2020
10:00 am - 4:30 pm, William Andrews Clark Library - Facility

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There is no charge for this event. Advance booking is requested.


William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
(310) 206-8552


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—organized by Brenda E. Stevenson (University of California, Los Angeles) and Sharla M. Fett (Occidental College) 

Across these conferences, we will consider 1619’s impact on the nation’s eventual character. The British, of course, were not the first Europeans to explore, establish permanent settlements, import African slaves, or create governing structures in North America. The French and the Spanish made several forays into the southern, gulf, and western regions before the British. Therefore, the program will also encompass French and Spanish forays into the southern, gulf, and western regions. This second conference interrogates the ideals and realities of representative governance structures among British (and European) residents of North America from early colonization until the mid-18th century. There will be emphases on the barriers of race, gender and wealth to participation in these “representative” governments. Scholars will investigate the impact of the development of these colonial governments, and their legal institutions, on native peoples’ self-governance efforts and claims to the land vis-à-vis their settler neighbors. Furthermore, the conference will explore the contradictions inherent in the legal institutionalization of race-based chattel slavery, and the implications of this for the U.S.’s founding political constituents, documents, and institutions.

Speakers: Christopher M. Blakley, Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellow Elizabeth Fenn, University of Colorado, Boulder Mishuana Goeman, University of California, Los Angeles James Horn, Jamestown Rediscovery Karen Ordahl Kupperman, New York University Andrew Lipman, Barnard College, Columbia University Benjamin Madley, University of California, Los Angeles Carla Gardina Pestana, University of California, Los Angeles Daniel K. Richter, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania

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