The Conestoga “Commonwealth”: Indigenous Constitutionalism and Settler Counter-Sovereignty
Matthew Kruer, University of Chicago
Matthew Kruer is an Assistant Professor of Early North American History at the University of Chicago. He specializes in early American and Indigenous histories, with a focus on the relationship between small Indigenous nations and the development of British settler colonialism. His book Time of Anarchy: Indigenous Power and the Crisis of Colonialism in Early America (Harvard University Press, 2022) examines the role of the Susquehannock nation on the outbreak of multiple colonial rebellions and the reconfiguration of Anglo-Indigenous relations in the 1670s and 1680s. His current project, Sovereigns and Subjects: Indigenous Nations within the British Atlantic Empire, investigates Native articulations and enactments of sovereignty and their influence on settler constitutionalism.
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