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Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America
  • Date: Monday, March 07, 2022
  • Time: 1:00 pm
  • Location: Online

Each year nearly four million people visit Yellowstone National Park—one of the most popular of all national parks—but few know the fascinating and complex historical context in which it was established 150 years ago this month. A narrative of adventure and exploration, author Megan Kate Nelson’s Saving Yellowstone is also a story of Indigenous resistance, the expansive reach of railroad, photographic, and publishing technologies, and the struggles of Black southerners to bring racial terrorists to justice. It reveals how the early 1870s were a turning point in the nation’s history, as white Americans ultimately abandoned the higher ideal of equality for all people, creating a much more fragile and divided United States.