Lecturer: Native American borderland history ‘an unsettled past’

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Historian Andrew Frank will lecture March 27 in Louisville about new myth-busting trends in Native American history that show European and American settlers capitalized on and took credit for the Indians’ hidden heritage of roads, fields, agriculture and labor.

    His University of Louisville-sponsored lecture, “An Unsettled Past: Toward an Indigenous History of the American Borderlands,” will begin at 6 p.m. at The Filson Historical Society, 1310 S. Third St. The public event is free but registration is required at http://filson.simpletix.com/EventDetails/336666676/Time/77285/#.miUsK6nEdU

    The talk is the annual Louis Gottschalk lecture, which the College of Arts and Sciences’ history department hosts to promote the study of history and to honor Gottschalk, a former UofL professor and American Historical Association president. The Filson Historical Society is co-sponsoring the event, with additional support from UofL’s Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society and the Americas Research Group.

    Frank will discuss how North America’s interior settlement benefited from the Native Americans’ roads, trading paths, cleared fields, agriculture techniques and work, for which the later settlers took claim in their narratives. Research now shows Native Americans controlled the interior for much longer than most scholars previously thought.

    Frank is Florida State University’s Allen Morris associate professor of history; he specializes in southern Native American history, particularly of the Florida Seminoles. He is author of “Before the Pioneers: Indians, Settlers, Slaves and the Founding of Miami,” “Creeks and Southerners: Biculturalism on the Early American Frontier,” “The Routledge Historical Atlas of the American South” and “The Seminole (History and Culture of Native Americans).”

    He and Glenn Crothers, UofL associate professor of history, co-edited the recently published “Borderland Narratives: Negotiation and Accommodation in North America’s Contested Spaces, 1500-1850.”

    For more information, contact Crothers at 502-852-3757 or glenn.crothers@louisville.edu.

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    EDITORS: Frank’s photo is attached.

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