Bethel Saler, an associate professor at Haverford College, explores the intersections of culture, politics and comparative colonialism in 18th and 19th century North America. Her first book, The Settlers' Empire: Colonialism and State Formation in America's Old Northwest examines the federal government's first formal experiment in western territory and state making as a dual colonial venture--of temporary governance over western settlers and permanent colonial rule over the Native inhabitants. Further, this early story of western state formation was fundamentally about governing the intimate and interior lives of both Native and newcomers including regulation of sexuality, gender and family, hierarchical constructions of race, and Christian conversion. In her current book project, "The Fantastic Republic: North Africa and the American Imagination, ," she explores American fictional and factual encounters with the Islamic states of North Africa as a window into the central place of imagination in American politics and diplomacy. This lecture looks at early Americans' encounters with Islam and more particularly the Islamic North African states of Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli to explore the foundational place of imagination and print culture for brokering the diplomatic vulnerability, political factionalism, ideological contradictions and fantastic aspirations of a nascent early American Republic. Bethel Saler. Featured Lecture.
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Winner of the W. Turrentine-Jackson Award from the Western History Association "From its inception, the United States has been both a settler republic and a continental empire, and this intriguing combination provides the departure point of Bethel Saler's ambitious, careful, and nuanced book. The Settlers' Empire moves seamlessly between culture and politics to reveal a complicated world of Anglo American settlers, Indian peoples, French habitants , and Christian missionaries. Best of all, Bethel Saler nicely illuminates the complex conflicts of a multicultural world uneasily absorbed by the expanding United States.
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The Settlers' Empire examines the peculiar status of the young United States as a postcolonial republic with its own domestic empire by looking at where these dual political responsibilities inevitably collided—in the federal project of early state formation and its joint colonial rules over Euroamericans and diverse Indian nations. Account Options Anmelden. Meine Mediathek Hilfe Erweiterte Buchsuche. Bethel Saler. Inhalt Introduction. The National State Faces West. The Treaty Polity.
The Treaty of Paris, which officially recognized the United States as a sovereign republic, also doubled the territorial girth of the original thirteen colonies. The fledgling nation now stretched from the coast of Maine to the Mississippi River and up to the Great Lakes. With this dramatic expansion, argues author Bethel Saler, the United States simultaneously became a postcolonial republic and gained a domestic empire.