From the University Press of Kansas. The mythmakers of US expansion have expressed “manifest destiny” in many different ways—and so have its many discontents. A multidisciplinary study that delves into these contrasts and contradictions, Inventing Destiny offers a broad yet penetrating cultural history of nineteenth-century US territorial acquisition—a history that gives voice to the underrepresented actors who significantly complicated US narratives of empire, from Native Americans and Anglo-American women to anti- and non-national expansionists. The contributors—established and emerging scholars from history, American studies, literary studies, art history, and religious studies—make use of source materials and techniques as various as artwork, religion, geospatial analysis, interior colonialism, and storytelling alongside fresh readings of traditional historical texts. For more information see the Inventing Destiny page
I spent two productive weeks at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston as partial fulfillment of the Malcolm and Mildred Freiberg Fellowship. I will complete the fellowship remotely over the next several weeks. Thanks to Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai for the hospitality and to the entire staff for their professionalism. The research will contribute significantly to my book This Empire Grim. For more, click here.