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Lessons Learned About Jefferson’s West: Panel Discussion


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Join the group of esteemed faculty to recap and answer your questions about the Jefferson’s West: Lewis, Clark, & Native Americans program.

This presentation is the last in a series of lectures in the Jefferson’s West: Lewis, Clark, and Native Americans program during June 2021. Please see the upcoming events list and join us for more expert lectures on this summer expedition!


Alan Taylor

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History, Corcoran Department of History, A&S

A graduate of Colby College (1977), Alan Taylor received his PhD in American history from Brandeis University in 1986. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Early American History and Culture in Williamsburg, Virginia from 1985-1987, he taught at Boston University, 1987-1994; the University of California at Davis, 1994-2014; and the University of Virginia, where he holds the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair, 2014-.

Taylor has published nine books: Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: The Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier, 1760-1820 (1990); William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early Republic, (1995); American Colonies (2001); Writing Early American History (2005); The Divided Ground: Indians, Settlers, and the Northern Borderland of the American Revolution (2006); The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies (2010); The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia (2013); American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 (2016); and Thomas Jefferson’s Education (2019).

William Cooper’s Town won the Bancroft, Beveridge, and Pulitzer Prizes. The Internal Enemy won the Pulitzer Prize for American history and the Merle Curti Prize for Social History (OAH). American Colonies won the 2001 Gold Medal for Non-Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. The Divided Ground won the 2007 Society for Historians of the Early Republic book prize and the 2004-7 Society of the Cincinnati triennial book prize. The Civil War of 1812 won the Empire State History Prize and was a finalist for the George Washington Prize.

His current book project, entitled American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783-1850, examines the social and political history of this nation, emphasizing territorial expansion and relations with Canada, Haiti, Mexico, and Native Americans.

For a dozen years, he served as the faculty advisor for the California State Social Science and History Project, which provides curriculum support and professional development for K-12 teachers in history and social studies. In 2002 he won the University of California at Davis Award for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement and the Phi Beta Kappa, Northern California Association, Teaching Excellence Award.

Colin G. Calloway

John Kimball, Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College

Colin G. Calloway was born in England and received his BA and PhD degrees from the University of Leeds. He has taught at the College of Ripon and York St. John in England, Springfield High School in Vermont, and the University of Wyoming. He also served two years as editor/assistant director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library in Chicago. He joined Dartmouth College’s faculty in 1995 and has served five terms as chair of the Native American Studies Program. He is the John Kimball, Jr. 1943 Professor of History and professor of Native American Studies.

His books include: “The Chiefs Now in This City”: Indians and the Urban Frontier in Early America (2021); The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation (2018); The Victory with No Name: The Native American Defeat of the First American Army (2015); Pen and Ink Witchcraft: Treaties and Treaty Making in American Indian History (2013); The Indian History of an American Institution: Native Americans and Dartmouth (2010); “White People, Indians, and Highlanders”: Tribal Peoples and Colonial Encounters in Scotland and North America (2008); The Shawnees and the War for America (2007); The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America (2006), which won the Distinguished Book Award of the Society of Colonial Wars of the State of New York; One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West Before Lewis and Clark (2003), which won six “best book” awards; First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History (1999; 2004; 2008; 2012; 2016; 2019); New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America (1997; 2013); The American Revolution in Indian Country (1995), nominated for a Pulitzer prize; The Western Abenakis of Vermont, 1600-1800 (1990); and Crown and Calumet: British-Indian Relations, 1783-1815 (1987). He has also edited ten collections of essays and documents.

He was president of the American Society for Ethnohistory in 2007-08; has been given awards by the Missisquoi Nation of Abenakis and the Native American at Dartmouth; was selected for the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011; and awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Lucerne, Switzerland in 2014.

The Indian World of George Washington was a National Book Award finalist in 2018, received the Daughters of the American Revolution Excellence in American History Book Award, the Journal of the American Revolution Book of the Year Award, the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia Book Award, and the George Washington Prize in 2019.

Elizabeth Fenn

Distinguished Professor, Early America/Native American History, University of Colorado Boulder

Elizabeth Fenn is the author of Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People and Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82. She is currently working on a contextual biography of Sacagawea titled Sacagawea’s World: Window on the American West. Fenn teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is a distinguished professor in the Department of History. She is a Pulitzer-winning historian for her book on Sacagawea.

Anne Hyde

Professor of History, Department of History, University of Oklahoma

Anne Hyde grew up in Reno, Nevada, and is a professor of history at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches the history of the West and its Indigenous peoples. She is editor of the Western Historical Quarterly. Her most recent books include Empires, Nations, and Families: A New History of the North American West, 1800-1860 (2012), which won the Bancroft Prize and was a Pulitzer finalist. She has a new book about the long history of intermarriage and mixing race, Born of Lakes and Plains: Mixed Descent Peoples and the Making of America, 1600-1940 (Norton, 2021).


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This presentation is the last in a series of lectures in the Jefferson’s West: Lewis, Clark, and the Native Americans program during June 2021. Please see the upcoming events list and join us for more expert lectures on this summer expedition!

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