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2019 James Madison Lecture
October 11, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
“Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America”
Michael A. McDonnell
Professor of History
University of Sydney – Faculty Profile
Wednesday, October 11, 2019
Wisconsin Historical Society
Author and Historian, Michael A. McDonnell, will reveal the pivotal role played by the native peoples of the Great Lakes in the history of North America. Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America (2016, Macmillan).
Highlighting the long-standing rivalries and relationships among the great Indian nations of North America, McDonnell shows how Europeans often played only a minor role in this history, and reminds us that it was native peoples who possessed intricate and far-reaching networks of commerce and kinship. By calling attention to the Great Lakes as a crucible of culture and conflict, McDonnell reimagines the landscape of American history.
McDonnell is Associate Professor of History at the University of Sydney. He is the author of several prize-winning books and articles and has served as a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.
This program is co-sponsored by the UW-Madison Center for the Study of the American Constitution and the Brown County Library.