Departmental Colloquium: Robert Lee, "Demographic Origins of the Missouri River Compromise"

Robert Lee, a PhD candidate in history, will discuss an excerpt from his dissertation, "Louisiana Purchases: The US-Indian Treaty System in the Missouri River Valley." The dissertation examines how US-Indian relations shaped the territorial development of the United States. Lee focuses on the Missouri River Valley in the antebellum period, and ties a number of well-known events from this place and period to the administration of the constantly shifting Indian boundary line cutting through it.

The chapter excerpted is about the demographic origins of the Missouri Compromise. It argues that a constellation of events involving a Sac and Fox invasion, a land grab orchestrated by the Missouri Gov. and Superintendent of Indian Affairs at St. Louis, and a highly unusual population boom set the stage for the Missouri Crisis.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 4:00pm
All Welcome
3335 Dwinelle Hall