Winter Lecture Series

The Hundred Years War: A Century of Native American Resistance 1790-1890

Professor Dan Breen will present a lecture series on the American Indian wars of the 19th century.  Most Americans have some awareness of the disastrous effects of advancing white settlement on the indigenous peoples of the Americas, but the persistence and determination of native American attempts to slow or halt that advance are less well known.  We will try to tell the story of some examples of that resistance, beginning with the Ohio campaigns of the 1790s and ending with the Apache War of the 1880s.

The six session series begins on Sunday January 27th at 2 pm in the library meeting room.  The lectures continue on Sundays into March.  (February 3rd, 10th, 24th, March 3rd, 10th) .

Sixth lecture: Sunday, March 10 at 2pm in the Library Meeting Room

The War in Apacheria

Throughout the 1880s, U.S. forces under General George Crook undertook a series of campaigns to force one of the most fiercely defiant of all the Native Peoples of North America to accept life on southwestern reservations.  Only with great difficulty did they achieve a partial success.

Dr. Daniel Breen is a professor of Legal Studies at Brandeis University. In the past fourteen years,  Dan has lectured at the Library about World War I, World War II, the Great Depression, the American Revolution, Prohibition, Supreme Court cases, the Civil War, the Roosevelts, great moments in science,  the Space Race and presidential campaigns. Dr. Breen has a BA from the University of Wisconsin,  a JD from the University of Georgia and a PhD in History from Boston College. He has taught at Framingham State University and Newbury College. 

 Thanks to the Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library for sponsoring this program. Free and open to the public.

Bedford TV is recording the lecture series. A video of the first lecture is below:

Author: rcallaghan