Recorded October 15, 2020
Join us for a Members’ View with David Silverman, a Professor of History at George Washington University who is one of the main scholarly advisors for Reflecting Attucks. He is the author of several books on Native American, colonial American, and American racial history. His recent works include This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and Troubled History of Thanksgiving, and Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America. David’s writings have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Daily Beast.
Reflecting Attucks is a virtual exhibit that explores the memory of Crispus Attucks, a man of African and Native descent who was the first to die at the Boston Massacre, an act of protest widely viewed as a turning point on the road to American Revolution.
Over the next several months, we will delve into Attucks’s world and look at how generations of Americans have seen their own reflection in the image of Attucks standing in the face of fierce opposition. By remembering him as a martyr, leader and courageous fighter, they fueled freedom movements that changed the course of history.
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