Author and historian Kathleen DuVal discusses her latest book, Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Fayetteville Public Library. For citizens of the U.S., the notion of securing independence is inextricably related to the Revolutionary War. But whose independence are we referring to exactly?
Over the last decade DuVal has revitalized the study of early America’s marginalized voices. In this book, she recounts the history of the Revolutionary Era as experienced by slaves, American Indians, women, and British loyalists. Adding depth and complexity, the author reinvigorates the story of the American Revolution and reveals that individual motives counted as much as the ideals of liberty and freedom. DuVal narrates stories of key players and outsiders whose idea of independence was not necessarily aligned with that of the American colonists.
Kathleen DuVal is an award-winning historian, who teaches early American history and American Indian history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her previous work includes The Native Ground: Indians and Colonists in the Heart of the Continent. She is also a coeditor of Interpreting a Continent: Voices from Colonial America. DuVal is from Fayetteville, Arkansas, and has close family ties with the area.
Books will be available to purchase and a signing will follow the discussion.