Friday, February 20, 2009

New York's Missing Link: The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign, Then and Now

New York's Missing Link: The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign, Then and Now
by Robert Spiegelman
At SRAC, 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY
Monday, March 16, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Revolutionary New York's epic Indian War has the most official state historical markers, but is otherwise barely remembered. This multimedia lecture shows why...

During America's Revolution, George Washington orders Generals Sullivan and Clinton to launch the biggest operation to date against sovereign peoples in North American history. Most Iroquois are uprooted from their homelands, making way for the Erie Canal and Westward Expansion. Strikingly, though Sullivan/Clinton has the most historical markers in New York, it has been nearly forgotten. Spiegelman's tour-de-force combines fresh research, dramatic visuals and unique animated maps to answer why. It introduces the Campaign's dark origins, key players, main events, tragic and victorious aftermaths, and lasting results. Beyond the military operation, he shows its impact on native culture, the land and today's environment. Back from the "memory hole," Sullivan/Clinton becomes an essential lens on New York and American history. Agreeing with David McCullough that making history boring is a "crime," Spiegelman unveils Sullivan/Clinton as high drama with present-day impact.

This lecture is free to attend and is a part of the New York State Speakers in the Humanities program.

Doors open at 6pm.

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