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May 16 • 6:00 pm


Considered one of the “Books to Read in 2023” by Washington Post Book World, The Rediscovery of America provides a sweeping and overdue retelling of U.S. history that recognizes that Native Americans are essential to understanding the evolution of modern America. In The Rediscovery of America, scholar Ned Blackhawk interweaves five centuries of Native and nonNative histories, from Spanish colonial exploration to the rise of Native American self-determination in the late twentieth century. Blackhawk’s retelling of U.S. history acknowledges the enduring power, agency, and survival of Indigenous peoples, yielding a truer account of the United States and revealing anew the varied meanings of America. 

In-Person Event: $10 non-members, $5 members. REGISTER HERE. 

Livestream: $5 non-members, free for members. REGISTER HERE. 

Copies of The Rediscovery of America are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so. 


About the Author: Ned Blackhawk is the Howard R. Lamar Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University, where he is the faculty coordinator for the Yale Group for the Study of Native America.  

Blackhawk is an enrolled member of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada. A graduate of McGill University, he holds graduate degrees in history from UCLA and the University of Washington. He is the author or co-editor of four books in Native American and Indigenous history, including Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West, which won seven professional awards, including the Frederick Jackson Turner Prize for the most significant first book in U.S. history, awarded by the Organization of American Historians.  

Author of the first state of the field essay on Native American history commissioned by the American Historical Association, Blackhawk has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, American Quarterly, Reviews in American History, American Historical Review, Ethnohistory, and American Indian Culture and Research Journal, among others.  

Blackhawk has worked closely with museum communities and published in exhibition catalogues for the National Museum of the American Indians, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his wife and family.  


About the Moderator: Kerry Driscoll is Professor of English Emerita at the University of St. Joseph and currently an Associate Editor at the Mark Twain Papers and Project at UC, Berkeley. A long-time Mark Twain scholar and friend of the museum, she is the author of Mark Twain Among the Indians and Other Indigenous Peoples (2018). 



Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; and Travelers. 


May 16
6:00 pm
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