Announcement: Papers of Andrew Jackson Webinar: Discussion with the Author: Race, Removal, and the Right to Remain: Migration and the Making of the United States, with Samantha Seeley and Lorri Glover (April 12)

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The Papers of Andrew Jackson project is pleased to announce that the final webinar of our 2021-2022 series is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, 4-5pm (eastern). Dr. Samantha Seeley (University of Richmond) will discuss her recent book, Race, Removal, and the Right to Remain: Migration and the Making of the United States (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture—University of North Carolina Press, 2021), with Dr. Lorri Glover (Saint Louis University). To preregister for this webinar, please visit: https://tiny.utk.edu/seeleywebinar418.

Who had the right to live within the newly united states of America? In the country’s founding decades, federal and state politicians debated which categories of people could remain and which should be subject to removal. The result was a white Republic, purposefully constructed through contentious legal, political, and diplomatic negotiation. But, as Samantha Seeley demonstrates, removal, like the right to remain, was a battle fought on multiple fronts. It encompassed tribal leaders’ fierce determination to expel white settlers from Native lands and free African Americans’ legal maneuvers both to remain within the states that sought to drive them out and to carve out new lives in the West. Never losing sight of the national implications of regional conflicts, Seeley brings us directly to the battlefield, to middle states poised between the edges of slavery and freedom where removal was both warmly embraced and hotly contested. Reorienting the history of U.S. expansion around Native American and African American histories, Seeley provides a much-needed reconsideration of early nation building. In this webinar, Dr. Seeley will discuss these themes from Race, Removal, and the Right to Remain with Dr. Lorri Glover.

Dr. Samantha Seeley is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Richmond where she specializes in eighteenth-century North America and the early United States. She is the author of Race, Removal, and the Right to Remain: Migration and the Making of the United States. She is also co-editor of “The Question of Recovery: Slavery, Freedom, and the Archive,” a special issue of Social Text (December 2015).

Dr. Lorri Glover is the John Francis Bannon Endowed Chair in the Department of History at Saint Louis University. Her most recent book is Eliza Lucas Pinckney: An Independent Woman in the Age of Revolution (Yale, 2020).

If you have any questions, please contact PAJ director Dr. Michael E. Woods at mwoods47@utk.edu.