“Exile here”—Native Geographies of Slavery in Early Virginia

Friday Seminar
Hayley Negrin, University of Illinois at Chicago
Feb 9, 2024 at - | Location: American Philosophical Society, 104 S. 5th Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106/Zoom


Hayley Negrin is an assistant professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago specializing in Indigenous and early American history. Her book manuscript in progress “Fugitive Lands: Sovereignty and Slavery in the Early American South” charts the relationship between Indigenous sovereignty and racial slavery in American history. She has served as a researcher on federal Indian law cases and has published several pieces in the Washington Post on Indigenous childhood, racial representations of Native people, and federal Indian law. Her recent William and Mary Quarterly article “Cockacoeske’s Rebellion: Nathaniel Bacon, Indigenous Sovereignty and Slavery in Early Virginia” reinterprets the rise of racial slavery in the American South through the lens of Indigenous women and is based off her work with the Pamunkey tribe in Virginia.  


The McNeil Center sponsors a seminar that meets on Friday afternoons approximately twice a month between September and May, with the paper for each session circulated in advance. Over two hundred people attend at least once a year, with an average attendance of 40 to 50 at meetings held at various sites in the Delaware Valley. While most of the regular attendees are graduate students and faculty from institutions in the Philadelphia area, participants come from as far afield as Long Island, New York City, Princeton, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington. 

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