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Construction as Conquest


Aug 17, 2019
01:00 PM until 03:00 PM


Construction as Conquest
"Construction as Conquest; Building the Transcontinental in Indian Country,” with Historian Alessandra Link Join us for a lecture on the Indigenous perspective of the building of the transcontinental railroad. Feat of engineering to some, for Tribal Nations this project was more an act of conquest for Native peoples. Dr. Link will explore how Indigenous communities engaged, often violently, with railroad construction crews who churned the soils on the homeland of Pawnees, Paiutes, Shoshones, Lakotas and others. Admission is free. Alessandra Link is a historian (PhD, 2018, University of Colorado-Boulder) specializing in the histories of the American West and Native America, with a particular interest in the intersections of colonialism, culture, and technology. Her current book project, “The Iron Horse in Indian Country: Native Americans and Railroads in the U.S. West,” builds on this interest by studying how Indigenous peoples responded to railroad expansion in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her research has been supported by Southern Methodist University’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Huntington and Newberry libraries. In addition to her peer-reviewed work, Link has authored op-eds on the history of gun technologies in the United States and on the significance of National Endowment for the Humanities funding in her home state of Kentucky.

Cost $FREE

Union Pacific Museum
200 Pearl St
Council Bluffs, IA
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Telephone: 712-329-8307
Contact name: Lindsey Marolt

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