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October 27, 2022 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
This talk examines the history of cannibalism as both a practice and a fear in early America. Mutual suspicions of cannibalism shaped interactions between Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans in the American colonies. Of course, most cultures have historically tolerated the consumption of human body parts under certain conditions, such as famine or for medicine. Nevertheless, diverse inhabitants of North America lodged accusations of cannibalism against one another to make claims about race and power in an era where one informed the other.
Dr. Sean Gallagher is an Assistant Professor of History at Colorado Mesa University. He is an historian of slavery and race in early America and has written articles for Slavery & Abolition, the Journal of Southern History, and the Washington Post. His forthcoming book, Slavery’s Revolution, examines enslaved people’s labor and resistance during the American Revolution.
This event is part of the Museum’s Tasting History Series