American Origins with Karen Halttunen

Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:30am

Huntington Library, Seaver Classroom 1-2 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA

"Recovering Aboriginal Place: Ethnographic Groundwork in 19th-century New England"

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“Recovering Aboriginal Place” is Chapter Two of “Groundwork."  Focusing on Connecticut local historian Frances Manwaring Caulkins, it explores Indian ethnography in New England as a project aimed at restoring a sense of the rapidly industrializing landscape as Indian country, even as it chronicled what white New Englanders believed to be the imminent extinction of the region's Native peoples.

Karen Halttunen, a nineteenth-century cultural historian, has been a Professor of History at USC since 2004.  She is the author of Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study in Middle-Class Culture in America, 1830-1870 and Murder Most Foul: The Killer and the American Gothic Imagination.  Her current project, tentatively titled “Groundwork: Histories of Local Place in Thoreau’s New England,” examines the efforts of chorographers--including local historians, Indian ethnologists, botanists, and geologists--to reassert the centrality of local place in resistance to the centrifugal forces of the market revolution, out-migration, and environmental change.


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