Feinberg Series | The Imperialist Roots of the U.S.A.

Black & white photograph of man in dusty field: John Carbutt, photographer. Westward, the Monarch Capital Makes Its Way. 1866. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Monday, October 3, 2022 - 6:00pm
Hybrid Event - UMass Amherst Student Union Ballroom & Online via Zoom

Manu Karuka
Assistant Professor of American Studies, Barnard College

Historian Manu Karuka (Department of American Studies at Barnard College) will explore the foundations of the U.S. in settler colonialism and slavery, tracing the evolution of U.S. imperialism through wars to control land and labor, from the conquest of North America to expansion into the Caribbean and the Pacific by the close of the nineteenth century. Karuka will offer a definition of imperialism and explore its centrality to understanding and overcoming the major crises of our moment. UMass Amherst Student Union Ballroom and online.

The Presenter

Manu Karuka is the author of Empire's Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad  (University of California Press). He is assistant professor of American Studies at Barnard College, and a co-editor of 1804 Books.

The Feinberg Series

ISSR is pleased to co-sponsor The 2022-2023 Feinberg Series | Confronting Empire: A Yearlong Series on U.S. Imperialism and Anti-Imperialist Resistances. The 2022-2023 Feinberg Series is exploring histories of U.S. imperialism and anti-imperialist resistance. It is presented by the UMass Amherst Department of History in collaboration with the Ellsberg Initiative for Peace and Democracy and in partnership with more than two dozen co-sponsors. The Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass Amherst history department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg ’67 and associates.

Top photo: John Carbutt, photographer. Westward, the Monarch Capital Makes Its Way. 1866. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.