reTHINK the Trail of Tears
Liberty, Constitutionalism and the Cherokee People - with Amy Sturgis, Native American studies scholar at Lenoir-Rhyne University
|When||Oct 25, 2012
|Where||Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville|
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Join Amy H. Sturgis, PhD, as she recounts the unique personal stories of two Cherokees–from the careers they pursued to the women they loved–and considers how their stories offer fresh insights into the Trail of Tears, the forcible removal of the Cherokees in 1838-1939 from their homeland to what is now Oklahoma. The two men, once mentor and student, strove to defend their people in vastly different ways as the threat of removal loomed large. They shared a common goal–to preserve Cherokee lives and land–but the methods they chose made them into enemies of each other. The impossible choices they were forced to make cost one man his country and the other his life, while creating a lasting schism in the Cherokee Nation.
About Amy H. Sturgis
Amy Sturgis is author of several books on Native American studies, including The Trail of Tears and Indian Removal(2006) and Tecumseh: A Biography (2008). Sturgis earned her PhD in intellectual history from Vanderbilt University.
The event will be held in Chao Auditorium, located on the lower level of the University of Louisville'sEkstrom Library (link includes parking information).