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History Lecture Series: Dr. Andrés Reséndez

The History Department at CU Boulder is proud to partner with the Boulder Public Library to present the 30th Athearn Lecture in Western History:

Dr. Andrés Reséndez

Professor of History, University of California, Davis
“The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Slavery in America”

Thursday, February 7, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 pm – Canyon Theater, Boulder Public Library (Main Branch)

Reception and book-signing to follow the talk.

Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in the Americas. Yet, as Andrés Reséndez illuminates in his myth-shattering book, The Other Slavery – which will be the subject of this year’s Athearn Lecture – it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. Indeed, Dr. Reséndez builds the incisive, original case that it was mass slavery, more than epidemics, that decimated Indian populations across North America. The Other Slavery is nothing less than a key missing piece of American history. For over two centuries we have fought over, abolished, and tried to come to grips with African American slavery. It is time for the West to confront an entirely separate, equally devastating enslavement we have long failed truly to see. [adapted from book jacket copy]

Andrés Reséndez is an award-winning historian and author specializing in colonial Latin America, borderlands, and the Iberian world. His most recent book, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Slavery in America (2016), won the Bancroft Prize in American History and was a finalist for a National Book Award in Nonfiction. He is also the author of several other books, including A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca.

The Athearn Lecture in Western History was endowed by, and celebrates the legacy of, Dr. Robert Athearn, a long-time member of the History Department at CU Boulder and a leading historian of the American West.


Thursday, Feb 7 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Main Library
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