Upcoming Colloquium explores the frontier of early Pennsylvania
Dr. Patrick Spero introduces his new book on Pennsylvania's transition from peaceful colony to hotbed of military conflict
Lancaster, PA (November 2, 2016) – LancasterHistory.org will host Patrick Spero, Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 for a free colloquium to discuss his new book Frontier Country: The Politics of War in Early Pennsylvania.
From the book description: “In Frontier Country, Patrick Spero addresses one of the most important and controversial subjects in American history: the frontier. Countering the modern conception of the American frontier as an area of expansion, Spero employs the eighteenth-century meaning of the term to show how colonists understood it as a vulnerable, militarized boundary. The Pennsylvania frontier, Spero argues, was constituted through conflicts not only between colonists and Native Americans but also among neighboring British colonies. These violent encounters created what Spero describes as a distinctive ‘frontier society’ on the eve of the American Revolution that transformed the once-peaceful colony of Pennsylvania into a ‘frontier country.’”
"This important new work takes what some have called 'the f-word' of American history (frontier) and returns it to polite conversation,” writes James H. Merrell, author of Into the American Woods, “Spero suggests how Pennsylvania, 'the Keystone State,' can indeed be a keystone for understanding not only early America but the 'frontier country' that followed after 1776."
Dr. Patrick Spero is the Librarian and Director of the American Philosophical Society. Frontier Country is the first book written by Dr. Spero and is a volume in University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Press Early American Studies series. Previously he was the co-editor of the anthology The American Revolution Reborn: New Perspective for the 21st Century. Dr. Spero earned his Ph.D. in History at University of Pennsylvania and has since held roles as professor, essayist, and lecturer, specializing in the era of the American Revolution.
The Regional History Colloquium is a series of lectures hosted by LancasterHistory.org throughout the year. Presenters at the Colloquium are historians and scholars who are in the midst of a work-in-progress or who have recently completed a publication. Topics focus on historical issues relating to southeastern Pennsylvania and its wider borders.
The colloquium Frontier Country will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2016 in Ryder Hall at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N President Avenue, Lancaster. A social gathering with refreshments will begin at 4pm, followed by the lecture from 4:30-5:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.