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“On the Rocks” series presents the 1789 and 1795 Yazoo land sales.

February 19, 2016

“On the Rocks” is a lecture series presented by the environmental sciences department and the Montana Western Foundation. 

Kennedy’s lecture “The 1789 and 1795 Yazoo land sales: the politics of land in the early American Republic,” will discuss specific historical moments that resulted in the expansion of American slavery and a struggle about how best to use land.

The Yazoo land sales became a flashpoint of the struggle between various groups who wanted to use the land in a different capacity. The talk will address questions about who controls what land, in what capacity and how that has changed and continues to change.

Kennedy received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Florida in 2015. He studied the relationship between American slavery, capitalism and the state. He recently moved to Dillon to become the new Career Services and Learning Center coordinator.

The lecture begins at 3:45 p.m. in Montana Western’s Block Hall, room 311.

All “On the Rocks” presentations are free and open to the public.