Education Event, Professional Development, Virtual Event     

Surviving Genocide: Introduction to New Scholarship on Native Nations and the United States

Jeffrey Ostler’s new book — Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution to Bleeding Kansas — is the first part of a sweeping two-volume history that investigates how American democracy relied on Indian dispossession and the federally sanctioned use of force to remove or slaughter Indians in the way of U.S. expansion.

This ambitious and well-researched book deepens our understanding of the seizure of Indigenous lands, including the use of treaties to create the appearance of Native consent to dispossession. Ostler also documents the resilience of Native people, showing how they survived genocide by creating alliances, defending their towns, and rebuilding their communities. Following a presentation by Dr. Ostler, educators will learn how this scholarship addresses the new Holocaust and Genocide mandate.

This program is offered in partnership with the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and the Holocaust Center for Humanity and is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Please note that this program is for educators only and is appropriate for teachers of grades 4 through 12. PDUs available.

Jeffrey Ostler is Beekman Professor of Northwest and Pacific History at the University of Oregon and the author of The Lakotas and the Black Hills and The Plains Sioux and U.S. Colonialism from Lewis and Clark to Wounded Knee.

Jeffrey Ostler

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