Bandy Heritage Center to host "Southeastern Native Peoples and the American Revolutionary War"
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While the American Revolutionary War was an imperial struggle between American colonists and their mother country of Great Britain, the participants in this struggle were not relegated to being members of one of these two nationalities. Southeastern native peoples were drawn into the conflict and contributed to it in a myriad of ways in an effort to protect their own lives, land, and sovereignty.
As a result, natives not only made great sacrifices during the war, but they continued to struggle after its conclusion. Dr. Byron will examine the efforts and contributions of Southeastern native nations during the American War for Independence, illustrating the role natives played in the conflict and how it affected native nations in its wake.
Dr. Byron earned her Ph.D. in American History from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. At Dalton State, she teaches Colonial and Revolutionary America, women's history, Native American history, and the history of American religion. Dr. Byron's research interests include an examination of the historical use of Christianity to shape societies in the United States from the colonial period to the antebellum. She is a member of the Old Unicoi Trail Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
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