A monument depicting Massasoit welcoming the Pilgrims was installed in Plymouth, MA in 1921 to mark the 300th anniversary of the landing of the English. Historian Jean O’Brien considers if the monument prompts us to reckon with the structural violence of settler colonialism, or further entrenches celebratory narratives of national origins.
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About the Presenter
Jean M. O’Brien (citizen, White Earth Ojibwe Nation) is Regents Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, and Northrop Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. She is a co-founder and past president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. She has published seven books, mostly recently, Allotment Stories: Indigenous Land Relations Under Settler Siege (edited with Daniel Heath Justice, University of Minnesota Press, 2022). O’Brien is an elected member of the Society of American Historians and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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