Join the Frontier Culture Museum for the final installment of its 2023 Lecture Series. This month’s lecture is “Race, Removal, and the Right to Remain: Migration and the Making of the United States” presented by Dr. Samantha Seeley from the University of Richmond.

Who had the right to live within the newly united states of America? In the country’s founding decades, federal and state politicians debated which categories of people could remain and which should be subject to removal. The result was a white Republic, purposefully constructed through contentious legal, political, and diplomatic negotiation. But removal, like the right to remain, was a battle fought on multiple fronts.

It encompassed Indigenous leaders’ determination to expel white settlers from Native lands and free African Americans’ legal maneuvers to remain within the states that sought to drive them out. In the middle states poised between the edges of slavery and freedom, removal was both warmly embraced and hotly contested.

Frontier Culture Museum’s 2023 Lecture Series

The Frontier Culture Museum is the biggest open-air living history museum in the Shenandoah Valley. Every year, the museum hosts a six-part lecture series with different speakers from various areas of the country. The 2023 iteration is presented both in-person and online, and is supported in part by funding from Virginia Humanities.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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