Public Program- David Silverman

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

“This Land Is Their Land”
by David Silverman
Cosponsored by the Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series at Becker College

In this talk based on his new book, This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving (2019), David Silverman brings to the fore three centuries worth of Wampanoag Indian reflections on their historic alliance with Plymouth colony and its ongoing resonances. With 2020 marking the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, he takes a transformative new look at the colony’s founding events, putting Wampanoag voices, personal stories, and oral history and tradition at the center of the story for the first time, complicating and deepening the narrative of the first Thanksgiving.

David J. Silverman is professor of history at George Washington University. He is the author of five books, including, most recently, This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving (2019) and Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America (2016). His essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and the Daily Beast and have won major awards from the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the New York State Historical Association.

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