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Lectures from the Allen Room and the Wertheim Study: The Road to New Orleans starts in 1752: Seven Years' War Roots in the War of 1812


October 18, 2012

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Imperial disputes over territory, Native Americans fighting to retain their land, British redcoats and American backwoodsmen, Americans celebrating
belonging to “a great empire.”  These terms can all describe the War of 1812 as well as the Seven Years’ War (commonly called “the French and Indian War”), which raged from 1752 to 1765.  Christian Ayne Crouch brings these two episodes together in order to trace commonalities between the conflicts over time and to suggest how the first war created both the alliances and the problems that exploded in 1812. The contest for “the west” and a struggle for survival between Indian Nations, Britain, Anglo-America, France, and Spain had not been resolved in 1763 – 1815 would attempt to answer this question for good.

Christian Ayne Crouch, a writer in residence in the Library’s Wertheim Study, is Assistant Professor of History at Bard College.  A graduate of Princeton and NYU, she has just completed revisions for her first book manuscript, The Savage Nobles: New France and the Crisis of French Empire, 1748-1768.

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