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Making Chief Osceola: The Abolitionists and the Rise of an American Myth

Event Date:

March 30 @ 10:00 am


Historic Anderson-Price Memorial Building
42 N. Beach St.
Ormond Beach, FL 32174


Elysha Petschauer

Program Description:

This talk explores how Osceola became a national phenomenon after his death in the nineteenth century. It includes an overview of the war as well as a discussion of Osceola’s place in the Second Seminole War. The talk then turns to a discussion of the debates that occurred in the United States over Indian wars, Indian removal, and their connections to American slavery. In this context, we learn about how Osceola has been remembered and misremembered since his capture and death. Special attention is paid to the role of anti-war and abolitionist activists in promoting and fabricating a series of enduring myths about him.



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