Silver Promises: Peace Medals In North AmericaThursday November 12, 2020
6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
When Lewis and Clark began their famed journey in 1804, they brought with them 89 medals to give as gifts to Native American leaders. The medals were peace medals, offered by the new United States in the tradition of earlier British, French, and Spanish colonial governments. This presentation, led by author and professor Sam Redman, explores the history of peace medals from the point of view of both the Euro-Americans who used them as diplomatic tools and the Native Americans who valued them as important adornments and status symbols.
Sam Redman, a professor of history at UMass Amherst, studies 19th and 20th century U.S. cultural, social, and intellectual history. He received his B.A. in anthropology and history from the University of Minnesota Morris and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American history since 1607 at the University of California, Berkeley. Sam is the author of "Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums" and "Historical Research in Archives: A Practical Guide," published the American Historical Association. He is currently writing books on the history and legacy of salvage anthropology and on peace medals.
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