Native Rules

U.S. Imperial Desire and the Struggle for Cuba Libre
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
American Indian Studies Seminar Series
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

TFL

Kathryn Walkiewicz, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The 1850s were marked by the rapid expansion of U.S. territory. Almost all of these physical extensions of empire were joined by heated debates about Indigenous sovereignty. A site of particular interest was Cuba, as evidenced by the popularity of Narciso López’s various filibustering attempts. In the tumultuous years from the 1850s through 1890s, how were notions of Nativeness and Indigeneity deployed both in the name of U.S. imperial intervention and in arguments for autonomous Cuban independence? How were U.S. political arguments concerning the return of “native” rule to Cuba confronted, challenged, and entangled with nineteenth-century U.S. Indian policy on the continent?

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